Four days ago I arrived back from Ethiopia and still I have emotions for all to see. I don’t know if I can express all that I felt visiting the Mediterranea projects. The first day of my visit to Akaki Kaliti was very hard. I have never seen such poverty and this was not my first visit to Ethiopia. In Akaki, there are living the poorest of the poor and amongst all this poverty I meet Y, my sponsored daughter. Our greeting and meeting was very emotional. Some days later I took Y to Addis to stay with me, it was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. We enjoyed each other’s company so much. I would recommend this to all sponsors. I needed to be alone with her, and although we don’t speak the same language we understood each other perfectly through gestures and above all hugs and kisses. (Also, I must say, that she got angry with me because I didn’t straighten her hair).
What can I say about Abugida? It is a paradise amongst so much misery. What caught my attention most was the food: breakfast, lunch, tea and its variety. One of the days I tried a stew of macaronis, lentils, carrots, tomatoes and onion…it was so good I had to like my fingers! I am ashamed to say that I also had the tea: a mixture of milk, biscuit and banana – fantastic!! The sweet food is gorgeous!! The children are happy (their mothers also). I received more demonstrations of affection in 4 days at Abugida than in all of my 44 years. This is what I miss the most, the kisses and hugs of the children.
Not everything was so lovely. Together with Zerihun (Mediterranea’s representative in Ethiopia) we visited a number of colleges in Akaki and one in particular affected me strongly, Amanuel college: 130 children with sad looks and a crust of bread their only food to share between three classrooms whose roofs were on the point of collapsing. How can Abugida not look like a paradise after this sight? We have to continue working and fighting so that there can be more Abugidas in Akaki. Thank you Mediterranea for all of your great work.