Happy Ethiopian New Year

Today is New Year’s Day in Ethiopia. Melkam Addis Amet (Happy New Year) to all of you!
Why do I know this or mention this? In October, I’ll be traveling to Ethiopia with ONE Moms
to make connections with Ethiopian mothers and share their stories.
I’ll be with a group of ten influential women and we’ll travel to
Addis, Tigray and other communities, to meet with women, farmers,
school kids, and visit health clinics. We’ll visit organizations and
projects that have benefited from foreign assistance and share what we
see though the lens of women and families.
I’ve written about ONE Moms before but in case you missed it, it’s an arm of ONE.org,
a non-partisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme
poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. They never ask
for money, but they do want your voice! ONE.org & ONE Moms work to change policy at the government level.

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I’ve done a bit of traveling lately, but this trip feels very
different. Instead of going as a tourist, I’ll be visiting as more of a
student. I’ll be there to learn. To learn about what’s happening there.
What’s working and what’s not. And I’ll report back to you. That said,
the tourist in me still can’t help but be excited to visit Ethiopia and
experience its beauty. It’s a country I know so little about!
When I was invited, the first thought I had was a flashback to being a 4th grader and listening to Band Aid
on constant replay. (Raise your hand if you had the same memory).
Clearly, I’m embarrassingly under-educated about Ethiopia and as part of
our trip prep, ONE Moms
has been sharing book titles and articles and having conference calls
where we can ask questions. I can’t get enough! Visiting a country I’ve
never been to before always opens my eyes to new and different
perspectives. I’m sure this will be true in Ethiopia and I’m really
looking forward to learning as much as I can.
Teach me, Friends. When you hear about Ethiopia, what comes to mind?
Have you ever visited the country or tried Ethiopian food? Read any good
books or articles with Ethiopia as the subject? Tell me everything! And
please, if you feel touched by the ONE Moms mission, I hope you’ll consider lending your voice to the cause by signing up.

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