Friday, January 13, 2012

Ethiopia 2011

In May 2011 I travelled to Ethiopia with Children of Ethiopia Education Fund (COEEF). 
This is an organization that sponsors girls' education in Ethiopia and I was fortunate to spend 11 days with them visiting schools, homes of students in Addis Ababa, Yirga Alem, Hawassa, etc.
Here are a few of my favorite images. If you click on the first image, you can scroll through them like a slideshow without the distracting background of the blog:). 

Kidane Mehret Orphanage, Addis Ababa

The nuns change diapers at Kidane Mehret Orphanage, Addis Ababa

Men on the street, Addis Ababa

Men reading newspapers, Addis Ababa

Man on the street, Addis Ababa

Laundry outside a home we passed on the street walking back to our hotel.

Walking in Addis Ababa, I spotted a woman doing her dishes in her small yard.

Woman selling vegatables on a street in Addis Ababa

Girl selling vegetables in Addis

Girl playing on her own in Addis

A COEEF sponsored student shows us her home and her cousin she helps take care of. Her family of six lives in this small room. Addis Ababa.
The hustle and bustle of a street in Addis Ababa.

Two curious kids take a peek at us as we walk through a neighborhood in Addis Ababa.

Grandmother of a student we visited in Addis Ababa.

Neighbor of student peeks out the window

Grandmother of COEEF sponsored student prepares coffee for us in her small home.

Grandmother of COEEF student we visited keeps an eye on the coffee making from the door since we couldn't all fit in her small home.

Man walking as the storm moves in outside Addis Ababa

Sun breaks through the clouds, seen from the car window driving south

Student peeks out of the window at a school, Addis Ababa

Two COEEF students write letters to students in Utah

An orphan boy at Kidane Mehret color the playground outside the orphange.

A nun at Kidane Mehret hugs one of the children at the orphanage, Addis Ababa.
COEEF sponsored students are all smiles as they receive new school supplies we brought,

Boys fish at Lake Awassa.

Bracelets worn by our tour guide at Lake Awassa.

Homes in the southern region, close to Lake Awassa.

A sudden camel crossing driving north from Lake Awassa back to Addis Ababa.

View from my hotel in Addis Ababa.
Road leading from Lake Awassa north back to Addis Ababa

Two boys navigate a horse-drawn carriage 


Michelle Kemp said...

Oh my word. What amazing photographs. I feel as though I had a little moment in Ethiopia. This must have been a bitter sweet experience. And a dream of mine. wonderful job. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and heartwarming. ~Bonnie Flach~

Sylvia Kincses said...

Good job!! Love the variety of your shots, perfect composition in each one, very interesting and dynamic. Who was the client? Were they published anywhere?

ShutterbugMama said...

Thank you guys, it's so nice to get feedback. I actually did this project just for myself. I sponsor a girl and her education through this organization and had the opportunity to come along on a trip that visited the various schools and thus got a short introduction to Ethiopia. In the future I would LOVE to do similar things and actually get the work published. Do you have any tips Sylvia? I visited your site and loved your images of Rwanda and other travels. You are an amazing photographer and it looks like you do this sort of thing much more regularly. I would love any insights you may have.

Terra Cooper said...

So amazing! I bet is was life changing for sure.

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