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Reflections of the Expo Hosanna Broadcasting on a mission of aid to Africa


Hosanna Broadcasting Foundation recently announced its seventh annual Blessing Africa fundraiser, which will benefit HIV/AIDS orphans in Ethiopia, East Africa. The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, at South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The Blessing Africa fundraiser will feature a gospel brunch, live entertainment and a fashion show. Proceeds will be generated from an African bazaar and silent auction, as well as ticket sales. The proceeds will be used to support two children’s pro-jects in Africa–Hosanna House and the Hosanna Soccer League.

Hosanna House is an orphanage for girls who have lost their parents to the HIV/AIDS virus. The Hosanna Soccer League is a program dedicated to the care of boys who would otherwise not be able to attend school. Both programs assist more than 100 disadvantaged children, ages 8 to 14, all of whom live under extreme poverty.

Hosanna Broadcasting had one of the larger booth spaces at the recent West Coast Expo on Aug. 12-14.

“We look forward every year to our signature fundraiser that helps bring greater awareness to the needs of hurting children in Africa,” said Tersit Asrat, founder of Hosanna Broadcasting Foundation. “We are extremely grateful for the support of our many friends who partner with us year after year to help raise funds for this vital work.”

The foundation is a division of the Hosanna Broadcasting Network, which broadcasts Christian messages all over Africa and the Middle East by radio, and much of the United States by television.

The brunch begins at 2 p.m. Donations are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Vendor information may be obtained by calling (310) 348-9188. Tables at the event start at $350 and rise to $1,500 for platinum sponsors. For those wishing to advertise in its souvenir booklet, business-card-size ads are $50 and a full page ad is $250.

“Our mission is to aid people in underdeveloped nations by providing shelter, medical treatment, health education (including hygiene) and life and development skills,” said the foundation in a press statement. “We acknowledge that due to the complexity of poverty and homelessness in Africa, no single program or service provider can successfully combat the problem. Our goal is to create the right living conditions and improve the welfare of Africans living in severe poverty.”