As for me, I know of nothing else but miracles. - Walt Whitman

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Our Trip to Ethiopia, Day 6

Friday, May 30, 2014

This morning we ate breakfast and Richard led devotions. We then headed to Kisanet school to paint the library.

When we arrived, we discovered that the paint had not been delivered yet. While Kiersten and some of the guys went to figure it out, we played with the kids and received lots of letters from them.

Mitch led the kids in some kind of game where they all went running and screaming across the yard. When they reached the end, they would turn around and do it again. He looked rather like the Pied Piper with all those kids following him!

When the girls passed out a couple of soccer balls, utter pandemonium ensued.

Yohannes in the shirt we gave him:

Weldie in his:

Chris loving on the kids:

Tadesse and the contractor:

Tiffany, Kelsi, Weldie, Staci, Tadesse, Mathewos, and me:

Delivering the windows and doors for the library:

Finally, the paint arrived, so we got to work.

We broke for lunch and went back to the hotel, where I ordered French fries and ice cream. :-) Rachel and Richard decided to display Ethiopian affection by feeding each other:

After lunch, we went back to Kisanet to continue painting. In a little while, Chris, Kelsi, Tiffany, Weldie, Yohannes, Tadesse and I left to go buy books for the library. We walked down the street to find a taxi, and were followed by dozens of kids who were getting out of school for the day.

It was the first time I've ever ridden in an Ethiopian public taxi, and it was quite the experience. People were packed into the van like sardines, and I got to sit on one of the wheel wells. We went to several book stores, where the men negotiated prices.

 Afterward, we rode back to the school in bajajes (what is the plural form of bajaj?) first bajaj ride ever!

Back at the school, the Vice Director ushered us into the library, where she had prepared a coffee ceremony for us. 

Larisa was able to meet Yikealo's birth mom and brother today, but I won't go into details as that is her story. Suffice it to say that it was a very emotional meeting!

We soon finished painting the computer room, and then headed back to the hotel.

We decided to stay in for dinner, so after showering we met in the hotel restaurant. I was getting so tired and slap happy, and began giggling at every little thing. Larisa and I stayed up until about 12:30 talking. Tomorrow we head to Samre for sponsorship distribution day! I'm excited about seeing more of the countryside and meeting more kiddos!

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