Greetings from East Africa! It’s that time of year and I almost forgot. It is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter, well my Easter. Ethiopian Easter aka Fasika is actually at the end of next month. Those belonging to the Ethiopian Orthodox church are on a long fast of no meat leading up to Fasika next month. For me, that means very limited meat intake for a while. Oh how time flies when you are having fun. Anyways, I wish all my family and friends a very Happy Easter! I only got a couple cards but they were from someone very special. You know who you are. Thanks.
I’ve been back in Aman about a week now following Peace Corps Ethiopia’s 1st All-Volunteer Conference in Addis. The conference was a lot of fun and it was great getting to visit with old friends and other volunteers I hadn’t met from the Peace Corps Ethiopia team. This week has been quite a success. As I may have mentioned in my previous post I finally got my own classroom. Upon my return from Addis things moved very fast and I got my room cleaned, furniture moved in for the most part and I’ve started decorating what will soon be the Aman Primary School English Language Improvement Center (E.L.I.C.). The E.L.I.C. will be one of my main projects for my remaining time here in Ethiopia so I’ll have plenty of time to hopefully reach a lot of students as well as teachers and help them practice their English and encourage them to do their best and study hard. The E.L.I.C. will be stocked with donated children books and other language games as I collect resources or make them. Once I get the center up and running I’ll post some pictures. The center will potentially have regular hours where students can come in and read, play language games and more. I’ll also use the center to facilitate my teacher trainings, student and teacher English clubs, model teaching, etc.
As for this weekend I’m headed to the Bebeka Coffee Plantation right down the road from Aman. I’m going with my friends Diana and her housemates Uday and Munjela as well as the Filipino professors John, Res and Jun all whom live in close proximity to me in Aman and all work at the local Mizan-Tepi University in between Aman and Mizan. We plan to have quite the feast including lamb and chicken. Expect pictures sometime next week with a recap of my adventures to Bebeka. Happy Easter and God Bless!