I’m going to Ethiopia in November; Read how you can join me!

Posted by Jennifer Naidoo on Tuesday 11th April 2017

Hi Everyone!

I am very excited to have the prospect of visiting Ethiopia, in November 2017! Those around me know how very interested I have always been to go to Africa so this is a fabulous opportunity for me. In 2016, I let everyone know about the proposed trip and asked for their help in funding obstetric fistula surgeries and rehabilitation, along with a women’s tailoring project. The tailoring project will enable women to learn sewing skills which are in high demand right now and can be used to make a living. I prepared many packages that I sent to 80 of my  girlfriends. Each package included: an introductory letter; a 2-page summary of the work that is supported by Ethiopiaid for fistula repair surgeries done by Women and Health Alliance, and a detailed page which gave each person the ability to state how their funds would be allocated. For those in the country, I also enclosed a stamped, addressed envelope to return to me. 

Although not everyone could respond, the friends that did gave very generously. I raised enough to cover my own expenses plus over $2,000 for Ethiopiaid’s ongoing projects and over $2,000 for the tailoring project specifically! Those that responded were very interested in helping the local women by funding the purchase of many manual and electric sewing machines. This was simple to put together and I would encourage anyone who might like to sign up for the trip this year to consider doing this too.

Unfortunately news came that the November 2016 trip would be postposed. After waiting patiently for so long, the postponement was extremely disappointing. Those in the U.K. and Ireland were extremely disappointed too. We had shared our excitement to be meeting for the Great Ethiopian Run.   Our hotel and travel arrangements have been modified and we all look forward to meeting in Addis Ababa later this year!

If you attend, I look forward to walking/running alongside you. Together we can represent Canada, Australia, the UK and Ireland as we meet some of those we have been able to support in Ethiopia! Click here to download the full information package and be sure to check out the events page for more info!

Sue Ferguson, Canadian Supporter of Ethiopiaid and Participant for the GER 2017

Great Ethiopian Run is a 10km walk, jog or run through the streets of Addis Ababa. You can join in the festivities with 40,000 other participants from all over the world - singing and dancing the night away! This year's trip will take place between November 21st to 28th, 2017. Participants are expected to raise $4,000 for Ethiopiaid Canada.  This will cover part of the costs such as event registration, hotel accommodation and participation in all activities. It excludes flight costs: participants are responsible for these arrangements as well as individual travel insurance.

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