I have now been back in the United States for 14 days. I am looking for work and feel lost most of the time. I spent my 34th birthday on an interview. I guess that makes me all grown up. Touring hospitals with the best of the best, well, it leaves me quiet. I don’t even know what to say. I find myself looking up Ethiopian restaurants in the area, even though it isn’t on my list of favorite foods. I hear someone speak Spanish, I understand, but I respond in Amharic. Part of my heart stayed in Ethiopia. I am looking for work that will allow me to return to Ethiopia each year. I, honestly, have been surprised how open practices have been to this. America, we may not be ready for each other, but here I am beginning over again.
When I left Ethiopia, the library projects were not quite finished, but now they are!!!!
Books on shelves. Quiet, well maybe not so quiet, rooms. Story after story waiting to be told. I want to take this time to RAVE about Daniel Thornton and the library projects he has now finished. When I wrote and asked for donations for two schools, well, Daniel had enough books and was savvy with donations, he was able to put together three libraries. I will let the pictures tell the stories….
Abiyot Chora School Library
In The Making
Otona School Library- The Library Built From Scratch
The Markato School- Enough Books for a THIRD School!!!
All I can do is say thank you! Thank you Daniel for getting all of this organized. Thank you Zeleka for building a library. Thank you to the students for helping move all the books and furniture, painting and having a desire to learn. Thank you teachers for taking the time to teach the children. And thank you to all who donated financially to make this possible! The project may be finished, but this is just the beginning for the children.
Of the 4 projects I presented to you in October through December, three are now completed. The ones completed are the libraries, the fetal monitoring, and the Bajaj. The projects are done, but the funding hasn’t completely covered all of the costs. I have put in about $2500 that has not yet been covered. I would love to just be able to do all of these projects and more on my own, but it just isn’t possible at this time. Once I am working, I will be doing the project for cervical cancer screening, if the funding doesn’t come in before that time. My project accounts will stay open, so if you want to donate or continue to donate, you can. I will let you all know when the projects are paid for or if I have another project on the horizon. I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for the people of Soddo!!!