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CT couple's book shows unique bond with daughter

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A local couple wrote a book to share their unique bond with their daughter. (WFSB) A local couple wrote a book to share their unique bond with their daughter. (WFSB)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

"A Thirst for Home" isn't just the title of a local woman's book.

Along with her husband, its part of a mission to make a difference, and this weekend, Mike and Christine Ieronimo are hoping the public can help them take that mission to a new level.

The Ieronimo's have four kids, including Eva from Ethiopia, who they adopted in 2008.

She’s now 11, but when they brought her home eight years ago, they found her drinking water from a puddle outside.

Water was something Eva wasn't used to getting from a faucet, it was something women in Ethiopia have to collect.

"It represented more than just her drinking water from a puddle, to me it represented all of the challenges that she faced and she was only 2-and-a-half years old,” Christine Ieronimo said.

That moment helped change Christine, who created "The Gimbichu Project.”

“It's devoted to healthcare and education for girls in Gimbichu, where Eva’s 14-year-old sister, Tseganesh still lives,” Christine Ieronimo said.

Christine also wrote her book called "A Thirst for Home" and it's used in many schools, including Eva’s, to make kids aware of what's happening in other parts of the world.

"We hope they live differently, we hope their lives change because of how they read - and that's how I use this book,” said Carol Pierce, who is a Plymouth Center School teacher.

On Sunday, they Ieronimo family is hosting a fundraiser at Brass Works Brewing Company in Waterbury, owned by Christine's husband, Mike, and two friends.

The money raised will go directly to Ethiopia, where they're paying to educate nine girls, including Eva’s sister.

"It’s important because we love our daughter and when we returned to Ethiopia to find her family, we fell in love with them as well and they're my family - we're all connected,” Christine Ieronimo said.

The fundraiser runs from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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For more on the brewing company, click here.

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