"I would like to join you on a trip to Ethiopia," Federico Rampini announced to me over the phone. As I love to show our Towns to people, and I knew Mr. Rampini to be one of Italy's most prolific and respected journalists, I was thrilled. Over the course of the conversation, I was informed that there were, in fact, nine other people who wished to accompany us. Despite the 3,000 miles to cover in Ethiopia through flights and bumpy drives on off-road paths, A Chance In Life accepted the challenge. On January 11, our group of ten visitors from Italy, France, and the US reached Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
Sinkanesh, one of our high school girls, told us she never thought she would get to spend so much time and live with other girls her age. Before they lived together, they were always too far away, too busy with chores, too burdened trying to support their families to be able to spend time together and form relationships.
Now, her and her roommate Meteke have lived and attended school together for over a year. They were especially excited at the beginning of this year, when A Chance In Life moved all of our girls from their four-person homes nearby to a newly-renovated, hostel-style home that allows them to spend more time with the other girls.
When one of the elders of Zizencho heard that we were from A Chance In Life, he called us over. In front of one of the houses our donors helped rebuild, he gathered the community and thanked us for restoring dignity and hope to his fellow villagers. He offered a blessing asking that the kindness, happiness, and generosity that A Chance In Life had given them be returned to us in our own lives.
On our last day in Emdibir, many of the children of our program gathered in the newly-equipped auditorium to celebrate with music and dancing. You, our supporters, have given these young people a chance in life and opportunities they would never otherwise have. On their behalf ... Ameseghenallo ... Thank you!