Sunrise...it comes early and God provides us with another beautiful African day. Out our window, the goat headers are moving their herd. The workers are hurrying to their jobs, and the school children in various colored uniforms are headed off to school. We are up and ready for breakfast today it is eggs!!! 8:30 ready to go.
We head to the leper rehab facility where we watched weavers making table clothes, potholders and of course where we made a few purchases. Next we walked to the leper hospital. Once there we entered the grounds and saw grass, flower gardens and trees, immediately one could feel the healing power this oasis offered. It was a pleasant change from the dirt and rocks we see most of time. There were many people going into the clinics and a very ill looking patient on a stretcher, accompanied by his family. No pictures are allowed in these special places.
Next, we were off to Hope Enterprise to feed the poor. Each person presents a token and in return they receive a bowl of bean soup and some spongy bread like substance to spoon it up called injera. This is a very fast moving place were several hundred people are fed in an hour. We were able to help place the injera on dishes and pass this out a window to the people who came. Once they have their bread they move to their table and others come around to spoon on the soup. Bill was the only person brave enough to do the spooning as the bucket is heavy and the people came in fast.
After feeding the poor we returned the the Sullivan's for a quick lunch then the girls went off to Sabahar where Ethiopian silk textiles, are made. We had a tour of the facility and saw the silk worms, their cocoons and the butterflies they turn into. We finished our tour in their store. Again we girls took advantage of a little shopping. The men went with Mark Sullivan on a hike, I am not sure how far they got as today was our first day of rain. Rick told me they did a little hiking in the rain and returned with Ethiopian red clay on their shoes. They stopped on their return at a coffee house for refreshments. We ended our touring day by returning to Strong families where we finished the art project for the moms. This was a picture if their child on a banner with their name on it. All the mom's were eager to see the pictures of both their child and every one else'.
Dinner was a special treat! We went to the Yod Abyssinia cultural restaurant. We watches traditional dancers and singers while we were enjoying local cuisine. There was much laughter as we competed to complete our platter of injera with various vegetables and meat. Rick and Jennifer were selected to provide dinner entertainment with the featured dancers. (For those interested check out Facebook). A befitting end to the day was to look out our window to see the lights of Addis and to realize what a beautiful day it was!