I still have so much to say about my time in Ethiopia with The ONE Campaign. I've been turning it over in my mind, trying to find the proper words, the proper delivery method, the proper message. I now know there is no "proper." There is only the story, and the people, and the great […]
Today, I’m unpacking, going grocery shopping, cooking dinner. And I’m trying to sort through the images and thoughts and experiences from my time in Ethiopia with ONEMoms.
How can you possibly sum this photo up? Photo credit: ONE/Karen Walrond Before you can be happy, you have to be healthy. It sounds like a platitude you’d read in Chicken Soup for the Afflicted Soul, but I’m seeing it in the most literal way here in Ethiopia. Health — I’m talking basic health, the kind […]
My respect for educators took another leap when we visited two schools in the village of Mojo, Ethiopia with ONEMoms.
Sometimes an idea seems so obvious, it’s a wonder no one’s ever thought to do it before. Such is the idea behind FashionABLE, an Addis Ababa-based non-profit.
Hello, Parenthackers! It's the end of Day 2 in Ethiopia with ONEMoms, and we are learning and experiencing so much. Thankfully the world looks and feels much clearer once you've gotten a good night's sleep. Our first field visit to the Mary Joy Association happened shortly after we arrived in Addis Ababa yesterday afternoon. I've […]
Photo credit: ONE/Karen Walrond After two days of flying (and five hours of flight delays), we've arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. How strange and wonderful it was to feel the jet wheels touch down in Africa. My context-addled, jet-lagged brain isn't processing much at the moment, so I'll share a few impressions that have whizzed […]
It's the eve of the ONEMoms trip to Ethiopia. I'm (mostly) packed. I'm excited, nervous, full of anticipation. I'm incredibly grateful to Rael for setting aside his work so I can leave confident the kids and house are in good hands. (That's an understatement; his support over the last few months has been nothing short of amazing.) […]
I’ve been trying to place the “bigness” of the ONEMoms trip to Ethiopia into context both for myself and my kids…but I’m falling short. But at least I can share a bit of Ethiopia with my kids before I leave home: we can eat Ethiopian food.
For about 10 milliseconds, I considered turning down ONE’s invitation to travel to Ethiopia. Because I had to get shots. I was the little girl screaming and trying to run away while all the other kids stood in the long line snaking through the elementary school cafeteria, dutifully presenting their arms to the nurse for assembly-line immunizations. […]