Friday, May 11, 2012

Introducing... The Fayye Foundation!

Wow, yesterday was quite a media storm for my girl Jamie and her controversial Time Magazine cover!  If you're offended by the title, I implore you to read Jamie's Q&A with Time Magazine, to see that while she has chosen extended breast feeding for her family, she has the utmost respect for mothers who don't.  In fact, she's one of the most non-judgmental people I know.  She did not pick the title of the article!  Unfortunately her personal blog has been down due to traffic, but they're working hard to get it back up.  In the meantime, reporters and news media have been contacting me through our Mommy Hates Chemicals blog, to try and get in touch with Jamie.  Thankfully Time Magazine is helping her out by assigning her a PR person to handle all the media.  She will be on the Today Show (today!) at the 9:ooam hour, being interviewed by Matt Lauer and will also be on Dateline tonight, discussing Attachment Parenting and her decision to choose extended breast feeding for her family.  Yay for Jamie! I didn't do extended breast feeding, but I fully support Jamie's decision to go public about a topic she is very passionate about!

So speaking of Jamie, the big news is that she and I (and several other amazing people) have started a non-profit organization to help the Sidama people of Ethiopia.  There are over 70 different ethnic groups in Ethiopia, each with their own customs, languages and food.  Jamie and I both adopted a child from Ethiopia, and both of our children (her son and my daughter) are from the Sidama ethnic group.  As adoptive parents of Sidama children, we feel a responsibility to our children's people.  We've been working on this for a long time, so we are especially excited that our site has finally gone live.

Click Here to visit our site.


That's actually a picture of my daughter at the orphanage, being held by a nanny who is also Sidama.

This is my beautiful daughter now, six years later.

Though Jamie and I are adoptive parents of Sidama children, we do not feel that adoption is the solution to the orphan crisis in Ethiopia and among the Sidama people.  We feel the solution to the orphan crisis is to help prevent maternal mortality, and improve access to health care to help keep families together.

In Ethiopia, the culture is that an Ethiopian's last name is their father's first name.  My daughter's original last name (and current middle name) is Fayye.  It was the name of her now deceased father. It's a traditional Sidama name meaning, "to be well/to be made well", often given to a child that was sick and then became healthy.  Jamie and I felt that the Fayye Foundation was the perfect name for our non-profit organization, as that is our goal with the Sidama people. 

Our current goal is to raise money to help fund projects that are already in place in the Sidama region of Ethiopia, but eventually we hope to have an office in the Sidama region so we can have a more hands-on participation in helping the people there. 



  1. I am so proud to know you AND Jamie. The passion with which you live your lives is inspiring. My son is not from Sidama (but from Wolita Sodo) yet I am moved to assist this venture in any way that I am able to.

    As for the "other" news regarding our girl Jamie allow me to say this: I am proud of a woman who faces controversy with grace and has NEVER judged one human being with opposing views to hers. She has always shown me love and support (and has promised to find me a man as decent as her husband) and I provide that to her today. I'm also Sicilian so if anyone wants to bully my girl they need to get through me.

    ~ Spank

  2. First time on your blog and I say "THANK YOU" When I first saw the Times cover I was like 'Yeah and' Later that day the firestorm erupted and I was a floored by what people were saying. Even hearing awful things out of people who have condemned 'Mommy-wars' in the past. I fully support Jamie's decision to extend breast feeding and for doing the cover.
    Congrats on your new endeavor and at the end of the day helping your fellow man is all that matters.

  3. Congrats on The Fayye Foundation....and I just want to tell you how much I respect Jamie for being an advocate for moms....particularly those who choose attachment parenting.