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June 2016

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Working my way through the alphabet, one country at a time

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The girls are responsible for gathering firewood in the Ethiopian villages, either for use at home or to sell at market.  It’s backbreaking labor, and each time we passed a young woman hauling wood there’d be audible gasps of sympathy from all of us. So I was thrilled when Marijke–who has been to Ethiopia six […]

Yerer Village Life in Ethiopia

Yesterday was our last day with the children. They are so eager to see us each day that they crowd around the entrance to the school, waiting to get a high five as we walk into the schoolyard. Our leaders had fun projects planned including a closing ceremony with backpacks, t-shirts and school supplies for […]

Debre Zyet, Ethiopia

I’ve never been in a country where I wake each morning to the chanting of prayer. It’s been a problem for some of my colleagues because the chanting sometimes starts at 4:00 a.m.! The Ethiopian Orthodox Church recites prayers for much longer than the Islam call to prayer. In fact, they pass out walking sticks […]

Yerer, Ethiopia

We knew immediately it was a Market Day because we passed a multitude of donkeys bearing burdens. And oxen. And horse-and-buggys. And people. They walk from Yerer to Debre Zeyt for Market Days which is 7 or 8 kilometers! There are three Market Days a week and I love them because it’s like a parade […]

Ethiopia

There are 80 languages in Ethiopia and over 200 dialects, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when I delivered my well-rehearsed “selam tena jistilign” (hello) and the young woman shook her head that she didn’t understand. But the welcoming ceremony from the village of Yerer had made up for my disappointment. They were so excited […]