18 May Thankful Thursday
We had another great day in Ethiopia today! My group got to spend the morning at Charisma Kindergarten. We taught two classrooms, each one much smaller than my college dorm room and filled with either 25 or 40 students. Delaney had prepared lesson plans for us to teach, reading books and doing coloring activities with the kids. In between classes, we spent time outside singing and dancing with the students. They loved to hold our hands and would fight to stand next to each of us in the circle, but I think we enjoyed it just as much as they all did! We spent the afternoon interviewing more of the mothers, and on our way back to the guest house, Solomon took us to a coffee shop where we tried macchiatos and frappuccinos Ethiopia style, and they were amazing!! We came back to the guest house and relaxed before eating dinner here and then compiled the information from all of our mom interviews to create a persona to guide us in best addressing the needs of their communities. Tomorrow, we are visiting the two bakeries, Adera millhouse, and the bead ladies. After lunch, we will head to the lodge about two hours away in preparation for our hike 11,000 feet above sea level on Saturday morning. Today, I would say the biggest takeaway for all of us was how fortunate and blessed we are to have been born in the United States and live such comfortable lives back home. We take so much for granted in our daily lives, but we truly have so much to be thankful for. I think we will all appreciate the luxuries we have at home a little more when we return and maybe even begin to realize that we could live without some of the things we have. There are always people in need, and we have the resources to provide for them and serve them. Ethiopia is a beautiful place with beautiful people who are unfortunately facing many hardships in their lives. As we continue to meet others and get to know them better, we hope to be able to find solutions to some of the problems they are facing and work together to provide for their needs. A small sacrifice for us at home may mean an extra meal for an Adera family or the savings to one day purchase their own home, a dream many of the women have for themselves and their families. I hope that as we are inspired here to serve and give to this community, we will be able to inspire others back home to become involved with the Adera Foundation too. I’ll try to send out another update Saturday night after we return to Addis, but until then, good night from Ethiopia!
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