ONE + Ethiopia: The Quick-and-Dirty Guide

Children on Fence at Health Post Outside Bahir Dar, Ethiopia | ONEMoms

Today, something really exciting is happening for both ONE and myself. Our local newspaper, The Lansing State Journal, is featuring a front page story about ONE, my work with them, and our trip to Ethiopia. Front page! So, with apologies to those regular readers who have seen all of this before, I want to give a big welcome to the LSJ readers who are clicking through, and offer up a recap of some of the most notable trip highlights.

Mom and Child at Health Post in Ethiopia | ONEMoms

The Stories

You can find all the posts about my work with ONE — before, during, and after the Ethiopia trip — here, and pieces from each and every member of ONE’s Delegation to Ethiopia over at ONE.org. There are so many inspiring pieces I can’t possibly link to them all, but I would encourage everyone to take a few moments out of their day to browse.

Meanwhile, here are a few of my favorites:

Thousands | I knew Ethiopia would be “behind”, but I wasn’t prepared for just how far behind.

Smell. Sip. Sacrament. | “Of all the exotic aromas and experiences from my sojourn in Ethiopia, it’s the frankincense I miss most.” – Cathleen Falsani

Soul-Pulling Dance in Ethiopia | “For a while I stopped eating and couldn’t take my eyes off of the live performers and musicians. I kept staring at them and didn’t realize I was crying until the tears starting falling from my chin and I wiped them off with my scarf hoping that no one would notice this odd breakdown I was having in the middle of dinner.” – Kelly Wickham

On The 6.8 Million | Thoughts on the malnourished children of Ethiopia and a look at how the programs on the ground there are helping make things better long term.

What Mother Want for Our Children. | “While the statistics are, with good reason, what the administrators are proud of, it’s the children–the joyful, amazing, energetic children–that demonstrated to us in the most basic way, that things are going well thanks to grants from the US.” – Liz Gumbinner

Conservative Thoughts on Foreign Aid and The Fiscal Cliff | Why foreign aid is not just a pet project of the left and how going over The Fiscal Cliff will effect us all.

The Faces of Ethiopia | “I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love faces — because I truly believe every one of them is beautiful. ​And so today, I want to share with you some of the amazing faces that I was able to photograph while I was in Ethiopia.” – Karen Walrond

“You See Something That You Can’t Unsee” | How a quote from a speech Bono, co-founder of ONE, gave at Georgetown University helped me finally put into words one of the most powerful parts of our trip.


Video by Ryan Youngblood, Youngblood Films

The Action

First, go to ONE.org and join the cause. ONE never asks for your money, only your voice. And works to make it easier for you to leverage your power as a citizen of one of the world’s biggest governments.

If you still have time after that, consider signing the ONE petitions to help combat AIDs, support life-saving vaccine availability, support sustainable food solutions that will help end hunger and malnutrition, encourage politicians to take action on the federal budget, and foster transparency in all the world’s major governments.

You can also follow ONE on Twitter, like ONE on Facebook, and follow the ONE Campaign on Pinterest.

Child outside Bahir Dar, Ethiopia | ONEMoms

The Delegation

Click on any picture, or its corresponding name/number below to learn more about each ONE Delegation member.

Asha Dornfest Cathleen Falsani Kelly Wickham Gabrielle Blair Michelle Pannell Christine Koh Maya Haile Samuelsson Jen Howze Liz Gumbinner

[1] Asha Dornfest [2] Cathleen Falsani [3] Kelly Wickham
[4] Gabrielle Blair [5] Michelle Pannell [6] Christine Koh
[7] Maya Haile Samuelsson [8] Jen Howze [9] Liz Gumbinner
[10] Alice Currah [11] Rana DiOrio [12] Me!

Karen Walrond All headshots copyright the incredible Karen Walrond, pictured at left. Karen traveled with ONE as part of a delegation to Kenya last year and returned to Africa with us this year as the official trip photographer. Trini by blood, Texan by choice, and English by Marriage, Karen is, above all else, a force to be reckoned with.

Karen’s headshot copyright Maile Wilson

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