Thursday, November 21, 2013

On the road with Weema

Last week I was able to get out of the capital, and away from my computer screen. Weema International's Executive Director, Liz McGovern was kind enough to invite me a long on trip to Kembata-Tembaro. As expected, the trip was a productive one. Waking at 6 and working til usually past night fall, Liz, Corey, Teddy, Josi and I accomished quite a bit. 

To list just a few of the activities...

-3 WeCare solar-suitcases were installed at three seperate rural health centers in KT.

-A new site in Mudula (not far from the previous site) was agreed on for the Degale library. Weema is currently finalizing the agreement with the local government.

-Site visits were made and key healthcare personal were met at a variety of healthcare centers throughout the region

-Critical meetings were held with local governed officials and healthcare administrators. 

-I was able to visit the Kololo and Azedebo schools and spend some time with the students and teachers.

The following are a few photos from the trip...

Andiso hiding a good laugh from his youngest Tashagar 

A Kololo student making the most of the ER library

Outskirts of Mudula... Not a bad place to retire.

Liz and Teddy presenting a much needed stethoscope, amongst other medical resources to a health officer in rural health center outside of Mudula

Teddy working hard to ensure that those solar panels aren't going anywhere

Azedebos library full of KG readers

Azedebo students showing off their favorite reads

Been gone for a while

It's been much too long since the last update. Believe me I know it's well over due. I'm back in Ethiopia prepping for a very busy winter/spring in Kembata-Tembaro. Most of the projects should get underway within the next few weeks. As much as I enjoy my time in Addis, I can't wait to get back out in my favorite jungle mountains.


Too begin... the Tough Mudder fundraiser was a success of sorts. Chris Icxziu and I were able to raise over 4,000 dollars for Ethiopia Reads. Well under our goal, sure, but we are all incredibly happy and humbled by the support from family friends and fresh faces alike. 

Unfortunately, I suffered 3 torn ligaments in my right ankle... Urg... I wasn't a happy fella. Consequently around mile 7 I was forced to take an early exit, though Chris and Icxui speedily marched onward to finish the 11 mile course.  Regardless of my injury, I had a wonderful time with two great friends. Thanks again to you both, as well as all out supporters. 

4 months and change later, my ankle is still on the mend, no matter though, because I already signed up for next years race. Yea im sure alot of you are shaking your heads. Just know that Ill be sure to do a better job of avoiding holes the next time around. Send me a message, if you want to let your inner masochists out for a jog in the park.

Plenty more to come this week.

Chris and I sharing a needed laugh after the race

Icxziu was one of the strongest folks out that day