18 May 2012

Mediterranea's Social Centre : Inauguration


During our visit we managed to open the new social centre for the elderly people in the part of town near the railway in Akaki, Ethiopia. It is hoped that around 100 elderly people from the local area will attend this centre on a daily basis. They will be able to watch television, listen to music, play board games, drink tea and chat to other people and escape from their otherwise lonely existence.
Around fifty pensioners were invited to the inauguration where we provided soft drinks, coffee and popcorn and a good time was had by all.

The centre was decorated in traditional Ethiopian style with grass strewn over the floor and they seated themselves at various tables, with the men sitting separately from the women.

Three of them officially opened the centre with a prayer and they thanked us for setting it up.

Phil will make sure the centre runs smoothly and will be filming it (they have never seen anything like that before) and the elderly people will give their own ideas as to improving the running of the centre.

Laura and Cristina will be travelling out in July so we hope that they will also be able to contribute some dynamic ideas.

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