I just found out that some of the staff traveling down to Tigist’s funeral by public transport were in an accident and some were injured and hospitalized. I don’t know any more than that…

This morning, the country director of Ethiopia contacted me.  He told me that he had sad news from Zeway.  One of our social workers in the Child Development Project, Tigist passed away the night before.  From what I understand she was in some type of a car accident, taken to the hospital and passed away sometime later.  The staff will be traveling to southern Ethiopia for her funeral over the next few days.  I wish with all my heart that I could be there during this time.  Please pray for my coworkers, for the 125 children under Tigist, and the Zeway community as a whole.

Tigist

I was recently included in an article by George Fox University… take a peek!

http://www.georgefox.edu/journalonline/spring09/hope.html

I’ve got good news to annouonce… it you can’t tell by the title, something is up with Denver. I will be leaving my post in Zeway a month and a half early to join the Masters in Social Work program at the University of Denver.  I will be focusing on community practice, which will set me up for future work overseas.   It’s an exciting thing and hard to believe that I will be starting another season of life.  School starts at the beginning of July so I will have a short bit of time between arriving home and starting school.  Right now, I don’t have any details, but wanted you all to have the scoop on my life!

It’s been a great adventure that is winding down… I’m looking at my last 48 hours in South Africa, before heading home.  Home to Ethiopia that is.  I’m actually ready to get back so I can get to work.  I miss my friends and my home.  I met up with my cousin, Greg, in Johannesberg.  We spent the night and quickly headed off to Madagascar.  We masterd public transportation and were crammed into busses with the majority of our stuff loaded on top.

Our desintation was a huge park which holds a secondary and primary rainforest.  There we saw 3 or four types of Lemers, lots of birds, chamillions, gekos and georgeous frogs.  We would start our explorations in the morning, and even did an evening walk to see the chamilions in their full glory. It was nice.  It poured on my birthday, but it made it a greater adventure hiking through the forest.  When it came time to leave, the airlines wouldn’t let us because they overbooked, so we got a free night at a nice hotel and were routed through Mauritius the next day.

We arrived in Mauritius, made it through customs and found our gate. Just when we were to be boarding we were told that there was a problem and our flight would be canceled.  We were excited because that meant we would actually be able to leave the airport and see some of the beautiful island.  A few hours later, we were on a bus and being carted away along with all the other passengers.  They took us to a 5 star hotel… let me tell you we spent that night in luxury… eating a feast, looking at the beach, and enjoying a luxurious room… I felt like a queen.

Finally 2 days later than planned we arrived in South Africa.  We rented a car and drove directly to Greg’s good friend’s house.  I’ve been relaxing, and seeing some of the pretty countryside.  I finally got to see Greg’s house and the area where he spent so many years- that was a gift.  One night I saw 2 rhinos on the road and a puff adder snake(which later died and was skinned).  We also spent a day exploring the indiginous forest through a canopy tour (zip lines).  Which was an exhilirating adventure.  And just got back from seeing the Drackensberg Boys Choir… which was amazing.  Tomorrow we’re heading off to Durban to play at the beach and soak up the sun on my last day here.  Then I’ll fly to Johannesberg and by evening I’ll find myself in Addis Abeba.  It’s been a good time and I’ve had a good chance to see how life works here in South Africa.

I have posted some photos from my trip to Madagascar

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Here are pictures from South Africa

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Tomorrow morning I am taking off for a three week adventure.  My cousin Greg, talked me into joining him during his return trip to South Africa.  Well it didn’t take much talking, because I have been wanting to visit this country since he began working there many years ago.  Well the day has come and we will be spending 1 week in Madagascar spying on the lemers and other exautic creatures then we will be roaming my cousin’s old stomping grounds for about two weeks.  I feel a bit guilty that I get to take part in these adventures but so happy that I do.  I’ll keep you posted…..

Some photos from our day of shopping….

Shoe Shopping

Shoe Shopping

Stylin in their new clothes

Stylin in their new clothes

Gleeful Shoppers

Gleeful Shoppers