Last Post from Ethiopia

Today I celebrated my 22nd birthday in the beautiful city of Gondar. One year ago today, I never would have thought I would have the opportunity to have an experience like this. It was definitely my most unique birthday thus far and I feel so fortunate to have been able to spend it with this amazing group and on this unbelievable trip.

Once again, we split into two groups today. Half of us went to volunteer at a school while the other half went to continue building the library we have been working on for a few days. My group was working on construction. It was amazing to see the progress we were making on the library walls. By the end of the day, two of the walls were basically completed and the two other ones were halfway up. Someone came up with the idea to make an assembly line to transport the bricks across the construction site and this significantly increased our efficiency and productivity. The village children all gathered and were eager to help us in our assembly line. After a couple of hours of building, we went to the local primary school to meet the principal and donate the school supplies that we all brought from the States. It felt good to be able to provide some of the most vulnerable students with essential school supplies to further their education.

Later in the day, we met for a discussion with a representative from JAFI- the Jewish Agency For Israel. He spoke to us about the history and connection between the people of Ethiopia and the Jewish people. We learned about Operation Moses and Operation Solomon as well as the issues surrounding the Falash Mura Ethiopians that are waiting to make aliyah to Israel.

After that we had our third group reflection. As a group, we spoke about the importance of providing all people with their basic needs such as clean water and adequate sanitation. We struggled to figure out the complex debate about who we are responsible for and what our responsibilities are in our lifetime.

For dinner, we went to a local beer garden. We had a good time spending one last night in Gondar together. When we got back to the Goha hotel, we went outside and spent some time looking up at the beautiful, clear night sky. It was a perfect way to end our last night in the gorgeous city of Gondar. 

- Tara Feld

 

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January 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

 

 

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