Halo, Hello, from Ethiopia,
Greetings from Addis Ababa and the Kore garbage dump community. My heart is touched by the hospitality and friendship of the people of Ethiopia. Despite this, there is overwhelming darkness and despair as children walk the dusty dirt streets in their bare feet with bloated bellies from malnourishment. The conditions of the dump are unforgiving. To help alleviate these conditions, International Samaritan will be starting volunteer service-learning immersion experiences to Kore.
The need for service can be found around the world. While we expand our mission to developing countries like Ethiopia, we are continuing to offer service-learning immersion experiences in Central America as well. Our service location in Guatemala City recently welcomed students from John Carroll University who spent their winter vacation volunteering. On their first day, a large fire temporarily closed the garbage dump and humbled the students.
Elsewhere in Central America, Tania Solorzano joined our team. Tania’s dedication last year as a translator in Nicaragua with several International Samaritan groups showed her leadership, compassion for the poor, and her understanding of poverty. She has also become an important support to our Ann Arbor office. Please join us in welcoming Tania, who I hope you have the opportunity to meet on one of our service-learning immersion experiences in Nicaragua.
International Program Director