Children in Arat Kilo

Children in Arat Kilo

I am just now back home in New York after being based in Ethiopia for nearly two months this fall.  As many of you know, I truly love Ethiopia – I have traveled there frequently since my first visit in 2004, and everything from the language, the food, the culture and especially the people have always made me feel warmly welcomed.  Below you will find some images from my time in Addis Ababa this November

In The Condom Project van

In The Condom Project van

Our neighborhood tailor

Our neighborhood tailor

Our neighborhood flock

Our neighborhood flock

Ambo and Coca Cola keep the team going

Ambo and Coca Cola keep the team going...

Donkeys, my favorite animals

Donkeys, my favorite animals

Puppies, just outside of our shoe maker's storefront

Puppies, just outside of a shoe maker's storefront

Roadside construction

Roadside construction

My team and I stayed at the BL Guesthouse near Arat Kilo, and I could not have been more comfortable there.  My room was on the second floor with a balcony that overlooked our beautiful garden and surrounding rooftops.  The guesthouse was made complete by a resident cat named Lucy and a shed that we converted into a kitchen and workspace for the duration of our stay.

Lucy the cat, exploring my room

Lucy the cat, exploring my room

The garden and our German housemates, preparing for a camping expedition in the north

As seen from my balcony: the garden and our German housemates, preparing for a camping expedition in the north

Our generous neighbors, whom we met while on a search for garlic... which we eventually found at their house

Our generous neighbors, whom we met while on a search for garlic... which we eventually found at their house

Adrian, just inside his balcony, making Condom Art Pins

Adrian, just inside his balcony, making Condom Art Pins

Joshua cooking dinner during a regular blackout

Joshua cooking dinner during a regular blackout

One of the nicest things about staying near Arat Kilo was the close proximity to so many things – friends and colleagues lived nearby; local restaurants and fresh groceries were just down the hill; and we were walking distance to ISAPSO, our partner organization that was working to create our CONDOMIZE tie and dye condom cases:

The ladies at ISAPSO

The ladies at ISAPSO

The tie and dye process

The tie and dye process

Drying the cloth for our condom cases

Drying the cloth for our condom cases

We were also a short drive to Memnon, the local company responsible for the sewing and screen printing of our CONDOMIZE tshirts for ICASA 2011

CONDOMIZE!

CONDOMIZE!

A sign on the wall inside the Memnon office

A sign on the wall inside the Memnon office

Pattern on a shelf, next to a stack of tshirts freshly printed for the Great Ethiopian Run

Pattern on a shelf, next to a stack of tshirts freshly printed for the Great Ethiopian Run

Memnon's screen printing machine

Memnon's screen printing machine

Our Ethiopian inspired artwork

Our Ethiopian inspired artwork

What's YOUR slogan?

What's YOUR slogan?

Up next, our work with local partners to prepare for ICASA 2011 plus images from our time outside of the capital city of Addis Ababa:  Debre Zeyit in the Ethiopian countryside and a weekend in the Omo Valley 🙂  Stay tuned!

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