It’s 5:30 am Bahir Dar time (10:28 EST) and I’m writing as the second chapter of our trip comes to an end. Along with 50 students aged 5-28, we’ve spent the past five days reading, story telling, acting, making experiments, doing puzzles, knitting, crocheting, looming, playing, and most important…having fun.
The best moments were those of discovery, creativity and joy. Energy filled the room each time an item on the scavenger hunt list was found, a puzzle piece fit, a row was knit, artwork was taped on the wall and stories were shared. I’ll never forget the smiles, excitement, and eagerness to learn. I loved our morning greetings, sharing meals, holding hands and dancing. When we danced there was no hearing or deaf, Ethiopian or American, Muslim or Christian, young or old, male or female, past or future ... it was human connection, we were together as one.
To all my friends who were part of our week at Yekatit School 23: Take this experience and run with it – you are important, intelligent, beautiful, creative, resilient … you can do anything. Thank you for your trust, acceptance and inspiration. You’ve shown me a world outside of my own and have guided me to towards something new.