Just today, while celebrating Estonia`s birthday, my heart is filled with great gratitude. Gratitude for having been born in Estonia. We arrived in Ethiopia early morning on 28th December 2020. Leaving airport, we were confronted with crisp and cool air
In the middle of March when Covid-19 attacked the world, we flew to Addis Abeba. Reaching Ethiopia, there was no sign of the deadly virus yet but all the arrivers were measured temperature at the airport and the handwash was
9 years ago in Soddo fair skin was a great rarity. Much was different from today. Long distance travel was done in buses laden with people. Besides passengers buses were filled with chickens, rooftop was loaded with life stuff: matresses,
It has been seven years since we were handed a list from the Soddo social department with the first children. These were the children whose parent or guardian did not possess the economic means to send the kid to school.
Last year there were 12 volunteers in Ethiopia. Four of them participated in the Estonian Foreign Ministry’s program “Puuetega naiste toimetuleku parandamine läbi tööhõive võimaluste” which in translation is aid for promoting employment amongst disabled women in purpose to promote general wellbeing
There was no significant positive changes to notice in the streets of Sodo before 2017. The most joyful one was that the children from the streets and the sewer ditches were gone. There were freshly painted “zebras” on the roads accompanied
Back in Soddo It has been eight days since we left Soddo. It was time fro Egle, Hillevi and Taaniel to return to Estonia. It’s good to get away from the densley populated Soddo to hear my own thoughts or
llnesses in Soddo I sit by our hotel every morning. In a place where there are no tables but blue chinese tabourets and blue wax cloth is laid upon a slab of concrete instead of a table. Having tried the
Melesse Melesse was a cheerful boy born into a loving family. His father was married for the secon and mother for the first time. Melesse loved to play on his home vilagges red clay streets with a football put together
8th of January – going to Soddo We were woken by Merle knocking ont the door; for the first time during this trip she had had gotten up before us. An estonian- like cool summer morning greeted us in the
Ten pieces of Ethiopia When arriving to Ethiopa’s capital Addis Abeba which in the local language of amharic means new flower the first impressions were quite eerie. Probably prejudice was partly at fault that grew from the stories heard of
Health and Safety It might by that disturbing messages about Ethiopia from past weeks news have caught some of yours eye – a long lasting disssatisfaction with the distribution of power has led to demontstrations and clashes between protestes and
The volunteers of year 2015/2016 Activities of NGO Damota in Ethiopia during the 2015/2016 academic year. The developmental cooperation project “Voluntary work in Soddo Ethiopia to alleviate developmental and humanitarian problems and raising awareness in Estonia about Ethiopan developmental problems”
Two years of drought – famine In Estonia we live in the anticipation of summer or spring. We know that autumn is followed by winter and we are prepared to take it wih or without snow. Every way is good.
School year in Ethiopia Ethiopian economy is in growth, therefore there is a constant price rise. The costs to attend scool are also unfortunately rising every year. 2015/2016 costs are as follows. Tuition fee grade 1.-4. 75€ (170 birr) grade