Saturday, March 14, 2009

Ethiopia Trip, Part I: Trip to Kamashi

Our first order of business on the trip was to go up to the area from which the girls came and see their village and meet some of their family. It was an amazing experience, and one that we know will mean a lot to our girls someday. Here are some pictures from that part of the trip:

Flying over the Nile River in Sudan

A view of the Ethiopian countryside on our 12-hour drive from the capital city to the town of Kamashi in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia.

Injerra - the traditional food in Ethiopia. It is a spongy flatbread that looks pretty much like a dirty rag you'd find in a mechanic shop. Kind of sour, but not too awful.

The Blessing the Children Orphanage in Kamashi - home to 150 orphan boys. This is where our girls stayed (along with a handful other children who have been matched with families) during the month of January while we awaited our court case to pass. We stayed here at the orphanage during our time in Kamashi - very hot.

Matt entering the hut where our girls were raised in their village outside of Kamashi.
We have many more pictures, of course, including shots of us with the family, but we felt that it would be disrespectful to them to post those here. There are many children in the Kamashi area that need homes - particularly boys ages 6-12. These are very intelligent (we met more than one boy who spoke four languages - including English), very happy children that are desperate for loving families. If you have ever considered taking in a child who needs a home, I can guarantee you will not regret bringing home one of these boys.

4 comments:

Charley and Jackie said...

Saw your pics on FB too...oh, man, what a great trip! The pics are beautiful! And, the girls look so happy! I was worried they would be so scared. But, they look so smiley! PTL!
love to all,
j, j and c

Anonymous said...

Congratulation! Essie and Chloe are adorable and look like happy kids. You are so blessed to have two beautiful girls. Michaelyn

Nikki said...

So cool! I spent some time with Blessing the Children in Ethiopia this February. Although now, they have transitioned out of working with the orphanage and are doing some other work with schools. Loved reading your story though!

The Niedermeyer's said...

I just read your post that says:
There are many children in the Kamashi area that need homes - particularly boys ages 6-12. These are very intelligent (we met more than one boy who spoke four languages - including English), very happy children that are desperate for loving families. If you have ever considered taking in a child who needs a home, I can guarantee you will not regret bringing home one of these boys.

We are taking one of those boys! You have encouraged me....thank you for posting that!!!! Did you by chance, get to meet Obsi?