In Gindo we painted two classrooms and the dining hall. We asked if they had a ladder– so they went out and made one from trees. When we took it into the room, it was 3 feet too long to use- so they took it outside, sawed off the bottom 3 feet, and then gave it back to us It was quite unsteady so required someone to hold onto the bottom when in use but it did the job! We first did all the upper part of the room in white, then the second day all the lower parts in Green. The center looks good as new again, and we felt accomplished after two days hard work. -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader
A couple of the expedition volunteers and I got to participate in another birthday celebration at Kality. What a lot of fun this is! The kids who had had birthdays in the last 3 months get to sit at a head table, and have a special program of dance and poems, then they get to blow out the candles and cut the cake! You can just see how special they feel as they are honoured .. for all the kids, they have never celebrated birthdays ever until the center did this for them. VERY special– lots of cake, pop, and cookies consumed! -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader
This was the second roof that we replaced. The father and mother are quite aged, and their youngest son is in the program Father has been diagnosed with late stage bowel cancer, so will not be with us long. We put a clear fiberglass piece in the roof, so the family would have warmth and sunshine in their little one room home. The mother was thrilled! These are the new rafters being placed for strength with metal sheeting. The student’s mother and father stopped us to say thank you when we were done construction. They are very happy with their new roof! -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader
At the Kirkos center we had two days of fun! The first day we did North American dancing and Ethiopian dancing – the second day we had a carnival which included an UNO tournament, face painting ( although some wanted it on their arms), a craft table, a puzzle table… The kids LOVED this! -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader
At the Kality project- the guys built a structure to give shade to the children, replaced many of the taps on the water center, and helped construct a smokeless oven in their new outdoor kitchen! Lots of fun! This now captures the smoke and takes it out a chimney so the women can cook the hot meals for the children without being faced with a smoke filled room. AWESOME job! -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader
One of our expedition volunteers traveled on this trip with her daughter. Together, they led a program at each center that the kids loved! Each center got a puppet theatre, and puppets to make up stories with. They each built their own out of socks as well This was a LOT of fun too! -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader
Close to the beginning of our trip, our group took on a real construction challenge- replacing a corrugated metal roof! The home was that of one of our students and his mother. The roof was no longer sheltering their little one room of 4Ft X 6 Ft Looked like this! We had two graduated wood working students from our SSCM Vocational Training Center along to help us with this task. The home was in the middle of a set of 4 one room homes… so they all shared a roof. The crew began the slow process of tearing everything down BUT not disturbing the others. There was lots of dust in the air from soot and from the construction. Once the roof was off, the crew had to replace the rotten frame boards, so that the new roof has a solid foundation to be nailed to. The only thing that could hold them up were the walls… so this was a precarious position to cross over! Slowly the new metal roofing was put under the neighbours, and extended to cover our family’s home! This was the job all done – the look from the inside! The open edge was very important, as they had their open fire cooking area within the room,.. so the smoke can ventilate out this edge. When we were finished, we all came together for a small farewell. We introduced the whole team from Canada, and the family had a chance to thank the group for their help. A really special moment! -Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader
Calling all humans that want to change the world!
This SPRING 2015, Andrew Allen is teaming up with Canadian Humanitarian and Kids Hope Ethiopia to bring hope, music and inspiration to some of the most impoverished and at risk youth in Ethiopia.
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