ONEMoms in Ethiopia: Celebrating at Mary Joy

Hello, Parenthackers! It's the end of Day 2 in Ethiopia with ONEMoms, and we are learning and experiencing so much. Thankfully the world looks and feels much clearer once you've gotten a good night's sleep.

Our first field visit to the Mary Joy Association happened shortly after we arrived in Addis Ababa yesterday afternoon. I've described our visit at The Accidental Expert, but I'm hoping these images and a sound clip will give you a bit more of a feeling of what this incredible place was like.

A joyous welcome.
A joyous welcome.


Learning about the work of Mary Joy Association
Learning about the work of Mary Joy from Executive Director Zebider Zewdie


Coffee ceremony
Coffee ceremony: a traditional form of hospitality


Gabrielle Blair gets to know one of the children.
Gabrielle Blair gets to know one of the children.


Kelly Wickham and I dance with the self-described "best dancer there."
Kelly Wickham and I get schooled by the self-described "best dancer there."

Be sure to stop by Design Mom for Gabrielle Blair's impressions of Mary Joy.

Today, we visited FashionABLE (which Liz Gumbinner describes so beautifully in her Mom-101 post The Unbelievable Strength of Women), and the Hamlin Fistula Hospital, which was featured in the Nova program A Walk to Beautiful. I'm getting my thoughts and pictures together and will post about these visits tomorrow (Internet access willing).

I'm loving seeing all the #ONEMoms tweets and conversation. Thank you for joining us on this journey!

Photo credit: ONE/Karen Walrond

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I’m in Ethiopia as an expense-paid guest of the ONE Campaign. ONE is a non-partisan organization that fights poverty and preventable disease, primarily in Africa. 

The idea behind the ONEMoms partnership is simple: the connection we share as parents extends around the world. When we recognize that connection and come together, we can make real change.

ONE will never ask for your money, just your voice. If you're moved by what you're reading here (or on any of the ONEMom teams' blogs) please consider joining ONE, and spreading the word about our ONEMoms journey this week!

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  1. Rosalyn Jirge says

    The work you ladies are doing is marvelous. You are learning about life and the problems of so-called third world countries and will be able to change lives for the better when you return home. Asha, as your Mom, I am very proud of you and I love the photos and sound-bites. Enjoy!

  2. says

    I saw Catherine Hamlin and the fistula hospital on Oprah a few years ago. She was one of the reasons I wanted to become a doctor. That woman is really dedicated! I would love to be able to volunteer my time there some day.

  3. says

    Med School Mom: How amazing that Catherine Hamlin inspired you so much. Our visit to the Fistula Hospital was a highlight of the trip so far. I’m writing it up now and hope I can convey the impact it had on all of us.