I very much wanted to come back and blog fully about our day “off” in Ethiopia, but I would really rather show you the most magical part of our day:
These images come from Mary Joy Development Association, a healthcare center for low-income community members and orphaned children. Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes has “family” members there–people he sponsors and cares for–and he was kind enough to bring us with to meet them and so many others.
Kevin Kula had been in touch with the Columbus Crew and Ohio State Women’s Soccer, which provided generous donations of jerseys and soccer balls. We had a wonderful time sharing with the children and watching them perform story-based dances:
It was a full day, despite no meetings scheduled. We flew from Gondar to Addis Ababa in the morning and after lunch visited a hospital in Addis.
After our Mary Joy visit, we dined at an Ethiopian cultural restaurant, complete with hours of native dance. Tomorrow, we finish our iPad mission with a training session at Addis Ababa University.
But the faces we met today will stay with us, long after our time in Ethiopia has passed.