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.
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.
As much as I love shopping and design and discovering some wonderful something-or-other that I know will help other moms, my real passion is supporting small business. Especially those run by women and mothers trying to support their families.
ONE is not a charity. It's a "nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa." ONE never asks for your money, just your voice.
Seeing the starving kids on television does not prepare you for seeing it up close and personal. Standing outside the door of the in-patient room we were about to enter I took a deep breath to still myself for what may lay on the the other side of the door.