February 20th, 2008 – by: musicdan
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 â€śyoung leaderâ€ť in an organization called the American Jewish Committee. This is one of Americaâ€™s first civil rights groups - established in 1906 â€˘ 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 NGOâ€™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 childâ€™s throat will change you. Forever.