I spend a lot of time thinking about the best items to donate when I go to Ethiopia. I will have the opportunity to hand deliver many items in need (clothes, diapers, etc.). Since I have a passion for education, I am most excited to have the opportunity to bring books. A children's library opened in Addis Ababa a couple of years ago. This is a BIG deal considering that more than 99% of Ethiopian schools do not have libraries. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the library, donate books, and read to children during my visit. If you know me, and have an extra special book you would like me to bring, please let me know during the next few months. Or perhaps you can add to your child's multicultural library by purchasing a book from the Ethiopia Reads website. The money goes toward their goal of bringing literacy to Ethiopia. I firmly believe that education can help Ethiopia.
Please check out the Ethiopia Reads website:
Also on the Ethiopia Reads website- the Mesgana Dancers of Ethiopia (7-12 year old girls) are coming to the U.S. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. I know Tommy and I will be attending, if you would like to join us, let me know! It will be a fun night out :) Maybe we can go out for a great Ethiopian dinner first (again, I'm obsessing about food...typical).