Ethiopia – Day 3

Today we went to Hand to Hold. This organization serves parents who have babies that need to stay in the NICU. We helped with some planning and preparing decorations for their gala that’s coming up and we made scent cloths. These are small squares of flannel that are used to help babies in the NICU and their parents stay connected throughout the stay. We enjoyed learning more about their organization.

Ethiopia – Day 2

Hi friends! 

I know everyone was so disappointed when we were told that GOWeek this year was cancelled. However, I am so thankful that we were able to find other opportunities serving together right here in our own community. 

Today was a great day serving the ARC of the Capital Area, an organization dedicated to empowering Central Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Team Ethiopia went to the ARC and helped teach an art class. Today’s lesson was focused on painting cherry blossom trees and most of the students chose to participate in the lesson. But, some chose to work on their independent artwork. The team shared lots of smiles and laughs with the students and got to see some very cool artwork, such as power rangers, toilet paper rolls, a portrait of Frida Kahlo and a beautiful German church. 

Overall, the team really enjoyed getting to meet new people who were so loving towards complete strangers. Their carefree spirits inspired me to be open to new people and things, even when they are outside of my comfort zone.     -Harper Esterak, Team Ethiopia 

Ethiopia – Day 1

Today our group went to the Ronald McDonald House. We made breakfast for the families staying in the Ronald McDonald House. Then we prepared sack lunches for families with kids in the hospital. After, our group organized bags full of items like clothes and toiletries for families coming to the Ronald McDonald House.