Ethiopia: Day 1

ONE Mom blogger Diana Pritchard is traveling in Ethiopia with ONE this October. This piece, originally published on Righteous Bacon, is part of our ongoing coverage of the trip.

I wish I had something profound to tell you, but I’m still mostly speechless. We arrived yesterday afternoon after a five hour flight delay in DC and thirteen hours in the air and immediately headed out to Mary Joy Development Association.

The kids put on incredible shows for us, dancing, tumbling, and juggling. There were traditional Ethiopian coffee and tea ceremonies, and so many intense, vibrant kids to connect with. Mary Joy helps community children with education, health care, and housing. It’s a program that allows orphaned kids to stay in their communities, and grow to be good citizens who can, in turn, enrich that community as adults.

After that we capped off the night with dinner at Yod Abyssinia.

The environment, live entertainment, and food was incredible. It was a great way to immerse ourselves in Ethiopian culture on the first night.

More tomorrow. Hopefully I won’t be as speechless.

* Last three photos by our awesome trip photographer, Karen Walrond.