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New Adventures in Ethiopia

hello all!!

Wow!! thanks for all the replies!! my internet is limited but I really love hearing from home. thanks everybody for writing to me!!

To answer some questions

*We (me and my co-worker milkessa, dureti, and fayisa) have a small camp stove. we cook different wots every night. Wot is like a stew made from oil, water, and meat, crushed lentils, tomatoes, or basically anything, oh and lots of Berberi (HOT)!! We eat the wot with Injira, a local staple that is made from teff (grain). Its like fermented flatbread. Enjara/Injera

*Our house is for 2 people each and it is around 20×20. Honestly it looks alot like a jail cell with bars on the windows and doors. its made of cement with a tin roof. It gets really hot during the day so we try to stay out of it as much as we can. Its inside of a compound (an enclosed area with walls around 20 ft high, made of cement and wood).
Our rent for the month is 250 birr, which equals 14 us dollars. pretty cheap eh??
Breakfast usually costs around 15 birr (for 2 people) which equals .84 u.s. cents
Lunch/dinner costs around 40 birr- approx 2.25$ u.s.
We pay for things in Birr, the local money. Its a real pain to carry any money with you because of how small the bills are. You have to carry a backpack to carry the money you need!!

*I am located very close to lake Ziway (google if you want.) yesterday i walked to the lake and bought 2 fish for dinner. Nile perch tastes alot like bass back at home. However, the people living by the lake are very dangerous so i wont be going there again. We had to leave pretty quick after buying the fish.

* my project village is called Haleku, it is about 20-30 min walk from adami tullu which is about a 10 min bus ride from ziway.

* my favorite thing about ethiopia is the fruit and the sugar cane that is everywhere!! its so good!!

*this week i completed a census of our project village. A total of 113 family compounds were visited. The average person dry farmed 6 plots (1 1/2 hectars). Most had 1 or 2 ox, 3 or 4 chickens, 1 donkey for carrying water, and usually a couple goats living in the house. Haha!!

This was the average. there were several “wealthy” families that I visited as well. The one that sticks out in my mind was a man with 4 wives, 25 children, and several ox, cows, goats, chickens. The difference between him and the other people was that he irrigated his land. As I took the name of each son he had it reminded me of the song from technicolor dreamcoat play “joseph”. All the names were very Muslim, and he was dressed very traditionally, as were each of his sons. he had a great sense of humor!! I will try to send a pic of him and his very large family later
In contrast to them, there were several families I visited that had absolutely nothing. 1 hectar of sand, with no ox, goat, maybe a couple chickens. I cant figure out what they ate. The kids in these compounds were very malnurished and quiet. The flies were awful in these places. Many, i think live only on maize, and are very lacking in protein. I hope that our program will help these people as quickly as possible. The landscape I see daily

 

All ethiopians are extremely giving of everything they have, and are a great people. this week I am in a different village (negele) waiting for our buisness license to go through the ethiopian government. I hope it clears quickly!! during my time here I will hire a farmer to plow the land of a older lady specified to me by the charity. I will also help a struggling woman start a buisness. I get to go out with the missionaries too!! Its gonna be great!!

 

*church is a great experience. There are about 5 members. Church is held in one of the members houses, and the singing is halariously awful. They have never heard the hyms, so they dont know the melody. There is no piano and my guitar is in addis at the moment, so Everybody picks a note and goes for it!! But the spirit is still there, and the talks are always great (translated to me by Milkessa)

*new adventures everyday!! in 4 days i will take a van of boys to Kakkosa, a 8 hour trip or so from here. We are building a fence to seperate the Charities wheat farm from the village. A big fire wiped out the existing fence so we will replace. Im excited to go there cause its supposed to be lots colder in the higher elevation.

Well,  love hearing from you!!
Braden Fuller

One Response to “New Adventures in Ethiopia”

  1. Irene Lusk says:

    I loved reading the previous comments that you have written. What a awesome mission you are on and I am sure they love having you there. These kind of events only come to very few and you are very blessed for having this adventure in your life. I am sure you will make the best of this experience and it will be a special memory in your life. Take care of yourself and make every day a special one. God bless you in your efforts. Irene Lusk

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