Condoleezza Rice Supports Dr. Hodes!

Condoleezza Rice recently had dinner at Noel Cunningham’s STRINGS
restaurant in Denver, CO. Mr. Cunningham, a major supporter who has been to Dr. Hodes’ home in Ethiopia, gave her a copy of Marilyn Berger’s book “This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes.” Click here for more information on the book. Perhaps Condoleezza will pay her own visit to Addis Abeba in the future!

Facing Africa – Partner Org in Ethiopia

Facing Africa is a volunteer-led program that provides impoverished Ethiopians with free facial reconstructive surgery. The program mainly focuses on a flesh-eating disease called NOMA, though they work with other diseased as well. Dr. Hodes has worked with them extensively in the past, working with them to provide his patients with facial surgery. The program is run by Chris Lawrence, who started putting the project together in 1998.

Dr. Hodes and Mr. Lawrence are launching a new initiative to “scour the country for jaw patients for the next team, arriving in October.” Also, Facing Africa is trying to raise money for a major facial surgery unit at the Korean Christian Hospital in Ethiopia, which would support future patients of Dr. Hodes.

To learn more, visit

Also, take a look at the following BBC video, taken from a larger BBC documentary filmed about Facing Africa.

Messages from a Saved Boy, Nahom

Nahom is a 9 year old boy who came several hundred miles to Dr. Hodes for treatment. He had severe, progressive scoliosis with increasing pain and shortness of breath. His spine was shaped like a question mark, and he had lost nearly half of his lung capacity.

Fortunately, Dr. Hodes was able to raise enough money to send Nahom to Ghana for spine surgery and a second chance at life. The surgery was a great success, and now Nahom and his family are all smiles!

Click for photos and more information about Nahom.

Nahom’s unsolicited thank you letter is posted, along with an SMS
message Rick received on Ethiopian New Year’s Day.

SMS Message from Nahom, 11 Sept, 2010:

Hi lovely doctor!
As cloud cover z sun;
Truz cover z lie;
Angel cover z evil;
Flowers cover z garden,
may happiness cover U and UR family’s life in z New Year.
Happy New Year
Just God bless you/we are nahom family-adigrat

Appreciation Letter from Nahom’s family:

In our real world it is logic that there is no anything that makes satisfied more than saving human beings life. Our child Nahom gebremedhin was under a very great psychological stress and his future life was also under question mark. Considering this all you can give us a golden medical treatment opportunity. So, on behalf of Nahom’s family we would like to pass our great thank to all of you that participate during saving of our child’s life, specially to doctor Rick who is really a dedicated, generous, and polite that showed us his continuous endeaver from the beginning up to the end. Moreover, we would like also to appreciate ato birhnu, all staff members, the doctors that participate during the surgery time and to all society of Ghana

Yours faithfully,

Nahom’s family

Click to enlarge.

Photos and messages posted by permission.

Bonnier GRID 10 Media Conference Stockholm

Dr. Rick Hodes spoke recently at the Bonnier GRID 10 Media Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The 20-minute speech was focused around his work with children in Ethiopia.

Dr. Hodes and Elizabeth Gilbert

Dr. Rick Hodes poses with Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. Gilbert attended a talk Rick gave in Sweden and is now a big fan. TIME Magazine has ranked her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Rick and Martha Stewart

Dr. Rick Hodes and Martha Stewart stopped for a photo op at a recent conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Hodes invited Martha to come see his operation in Ethiopia. (To be continued …)

Vanity Fair Shout Out

Dr. Hodes’ work received a small shout out in January’s Vanity Fair. (Click to see the full Vanity Fair article.) The article profiles Chloe Malle, a former volunteer of Dr. Hodes.

Chloe Malle volunteered in Ethiopia for a year in a variety of aspects, including being a positive influence on the kids in Dr. Hodes’ home.