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Addis Ababa Travel Blog

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Wearing a suit in Africa!

Yes - that's ME wearing a suit in Africa.

 

Back in my San Francisco life, I am involved as a “young leader” in an organization called the American Jewish Committee.  This is one of America’s first civil rights groups -  established in 1906 • to promote pluralistic and democratic societies where all minorities are protected. AJC is an international think tank and advocacy organization that attempts to identify trends and problems early - and take action. 

 

Back in November while I was finishing my 10-day silent Buddhist meditation experience in north India, I received an invitation to join 14 young AJC ambassadors on a political, cultural and educational trip to Ethiopia.  I accepted.

 

We spent 10 days together traveling around the country and meeting with various representatives including the US Ambassador, the Israeli Ambassador, the Ethiopian Minister of European Affairs and several NGO’s including the International Rescue Committee and the Clinton Foundation.  We visited poverty-stricken schools in Addis (and helped paint them), and various medical and health-oriented institutions. 

 

We got to travel with Dr. Rick Hodes to Gonder where we visited northern tribes to give iodine tablets (prevents blindness) and de-worming pills to every child and pregnant women that we saw.

 

Forcing life-altering medicine down a poor African child’s throat will change you. Forever.

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Wearing a suit in Africa!
Wearing a suit in Africa!
The suit is cool, but LOOK at my p…
The suit is cool, but LOOK at my …
The school
The school
The school
The school
Classroom
Classroom
Time for PE.
Time for PE.
Organized excercise.
Organized excercise.
In-line and ready to excercise.
In-line and ready to excercise.
Visiting the childrens school in …
Visiting the children's school in…
Boys here, girls there.
Boys here, girls there.
On our bus.
On our bus.
cutey
cutey
Buying the paint
Buying the paint
Ready to paint the classrooms.
Ready to paint the classrooms.
Fix and paint.
Fix and paint.
Cest parfait.
C'est parfait.
Painting the world with my hands...
Painting the world with my hands...
posing for our paint-job.
posing for our paint-job.
Here we go...
Here we go...
the nap-room
the nap-room
After the paint dries...
After the paint dries...
The other Dan.
The other Dan.
Smiles and happy times.
Smiles and happy times.
At the Israeli Embassy in Addis Ab…
At the Israeli Embassy in Addis A…
Ethiopian Jews learning how to use…
Ethiopian Jews learning how to us…
The head of the Jewish Agency in E…
The head of the Jewish Agency in …
Immunizations before leaving for I…
Immunizations before leaving for …
After meeting the children
After meeting the children
Ethiopian jews waiting to leave fo…
Ethiopian jews waiting to leave f…
Dan, Talia and Dan!!
Dan, Talia and Dan!!
me and Lena (the AJC Director)
me and Lena (the AJC Director)
The main church in Addis Ababa
The main church in Addis Ababa
Women making $1/day
Women making $1/day
$1/day
$1/day
$1/day
$1/day
$1/day
$1/day
$1/day
$1/day
Talia and me visiting churches.
Talia and me visiting churches.
At the main church
At the main church
Inside the main church
Inside the main church
THE head of the Christian Orthodox…
THE head of the Christian Orthodo…
The tombstone of Ras Tafari (Haile…
The tombstone of Ras Tafari (Hail…
Me at the tombstone of Ras Tafari …
Me at the tombstone of Ras Tafari…
Ceremony with priests
Ceremony with priests
The main Parishioner of the Orthod…
The main Parishioner of the Ortho…
Military awards at the church.
Military awards at the church.
Addis Ababa
photo by: musicdan