On our final day at the Aregash Lodge in Ethiopia, the owner came over and said, “God works in mysterious ways… The Water Minister of Ethiopia surprised me with a visit today. He came all the way from Addis Ababa.”
We held an impromptu meeting at the lodge where the minister and his associates sat and watched a filter demonstration. This was the first … Keep Reading!!!
The Mursi tribe of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley is one of the oldest and most easily identifiable tribal cultures of Africa.
Most Mursi children nurse past toddler-hood, and clothing for women commonly leaves breasts exposed.
The breast area for the Mursi tribe is viewed as nourishment for children and signals to men peak nubility of the woman, based on shape and texture.
The Mursi people are at risk for displacement.
From Mursi Online:
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Since the 1960s, the extension of government
I had recently written about my experience speaking with people in South Africa about breastfeeding, and I realized I never have written about my own observations of breastfeeding in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia has an interesting history because it is one of the only African country never colonized. This makes for a very different atmosphere than many of the other African countries I have visited.
We are framing this photo for Samuel, taken by Kyle LaMere in Ethiopia, September 2012. Under the photo will be Maya Angelou’s “Love Liberates” quote.
How beautifully she sums up the importance and love of the birth mother and family. How true love frees; it does not enslave.
Someone once said, “Children need two things: One is roots and the other is wings.” I know Samuel’s birth mother was strong enough to provide our son with wings. Now our prayer … Keep Reading!!!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Houston Waves for Water Fundraiser to bring clean water to Ethiopia. It was a blast!
Kayla and Omar Dar of Baby’s Breastie and Fayye Foundation put the entire event together in six short weeks. Because of their dedication to the clean water project in Ethiopia, we were able to bring people of all walks of life together to raise $7000, which in turn will bring 7000 … Keep Reading!!!
“The Brightest Light . . .” Letter from Laura Farruggio
We had the Waves for Awassa Event in Los Angeles on World AIDS Day. (December 1)
When he was done speaking, a couple who attended (fellow adoptive parents, but that is all I will say so that they can remain … Keep Reading!!!
As most of you know, we are working with Waves for Water on a clean water project to bring rural Argisa, Ethiopia much needed filters to create access to safe drinking water. We were recently updated on the severity of the water related diseases of the area. What we were told has made us realize that time is of the essence. We are now trying to bring 100 filters to the area as soon as possible to prevent any more … Keep Reading!!!
When we went to Ethiopia, Ethiopian Airlines found out what we were doing in Ethiopia, they not only discounted our tickets, but upgraded us for free.
Ethiopian Airlines is a very patriotic business; they are still an Ethiopian company and like to see people give back to their home country.
Yesterday I received an email from Sister Donna:
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“Hi Jamie, What a very nice surprise to hear from you!!!
Just now I’m at the Haile making good use of their free internet. When I see your pretty face, what lovely memories come to me
and the magic days we were all here together in!
I am so glad to hear that the response is good for the diapers! I have often thought
I wanted to share this amazing family photo captured by Lori Dorman when we were in Ethiopia.
Pictured are Samuel’s brothers, sister, and mother/ama. The resemblance he bears to all of them is unquestionable.
It has come to my attention that many people are deterred by working with groups of people on specific humanitarian projects because they think the mood is too somber. It makes sense, because when people come back and present what they’ve done in various areas of the world they are actually wanting to show the hard work they’ve done, and they are … Keep Reading!!!