Once again, I recently returned to my home base in Washington, DC after spending several weeks in Ethiopia's deeply poor, yet breathtaking, Amhara region. And once again I was inspired by the sheer enthusiasm and thirst for opportunity among an often forgotten group: child brides.
While scouting for the first descent of the Baro River in Ethiopia, a tributary of the White Nile, I heard about a Peace Corps volunteer, Bill Olsen, 25, a recent graduate of Cornell, who decided to take a dip in the river at Gambella, a village near the South Sudan border.
A woman has nine months to prepare for the day that her baby will arrive -- healthy and full of promise, imagining the love she and her child will have for each other. Sadly, every year, more than one million babies die on the first day of life -- many from preventable causes.
Do you ever take photographs of locals when you travel? Do you ask first or sneak a quick photo before they look? How would you like it if the tables were turned?
Photo: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation According to a long-held custom in Ethiopia, children aren't named at birth. Parents wait a few months becaus...
On the heels of the Child Survival Summit that took place in Ethiopia at the end of January, India is using its summit to continue the conversation about building a roadmap and strengthen partnerships to end preventable child deaths.
It would be amazing for the Diaspora to show leadership in breaking down some of these ethnic and religious barriers that are present in contemporary African politics.
In the developing world only 58 percent of births are attended by a skilled assistant, such as a midwife, nurse or doctor, according to UNFPA; in Ethiopia, a shocking 90 percent of births take place without trained assistants.
In recent months, China has ruffled feathers from Lake Victoria to Alexandria with its aggressive funding and building of dams in Ethiopia, a likewise aggressive contender for regional hegemony.
This Thanksgiving Processional moves me to think of WWO Academy in Ethiopia. I envision the extremely poor 432 children at our school having a similar processional celebrating their harvest and singing their traditional hymns.
He calls it "the miracle of the scrap paper." One day, Asratie Teferra, born in a rural village in Ethiopia, saw a picture of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Something about the picture entranced him. He built a dream -- that he would one day work for the UN.
The main language that is spoken in Ethiopia is Amharic, and has its own characters -- which is to say that it was completely foreign to my eyes and ears. But one language that felt universal? Listening to the children giggle and laugh and play.
We had the honor of visiting a few homes, and then we attended a nutrition demo, where mothers (and a few fathers) learned how to prepare food. It smelled delicious.
The health needs in Ethiopia are great, so the program is ambitious. With assistance from USAID, Ethiopia created an army of Health Extension Workers. These workers are assigned to every village and community in the country.
Costa Ricans refer to coffee as their "golden bean" because it has paid such high dividends to the local economy.
Six-point-eight million Ethiopian children under the age of five are physically and mentally stunted as a result of malnutrition. That's roughly equivalent to 82 percent of the population of New York City. It is almost twice the population of Los Angeles.