This morning we met in the hotel lobby at 7:30 to go to Kisanet school for the dedication of the library. When we arrived, we found that the staff, students, and community had pulled out all the stops. A group of children played the drums and sang for us while townspeople lined the yard.
We then led the way to the library, which had been given a nice exterior coat of white and blue paint the day before. An Ethiopian flag hung in one of the windows, and in true every-thing-is-laid-back-and-never-on-time-in-Ethiopia fashion, a door and some windows were leaning against the building still waiting to be installed.
A lady showered us with popcorn as entered the library, which had been filled with desks for everyone to sit in. A coffee ceremony had been prepared, so popcorn, traditional bread, and coffee were passed out while one of the teachers announced the morning's festivities.
Kiersten, Tiffany, Kelsi, and Mathewos gave speeches, which were translated by Weldie. The staff at the school thanked All God's Children for the wonderful work they are doing in Ethiopia, and everyone was so appreciative of the library.
The kids were so sweet as we walked toward the gate to leave. They presented us with letters, flowers, snack bars, a package of instant coffee, a Bob Marley glove....anything they had in their pockets became a gift. These children have so little, and yet they were giving us everything they had. Several of them asked us if we had extra pens they could have, so we dug in our bags and pulled out a couple. They were thrilled! How often do we take pens for granted?