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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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In the spirit of partnership, support and solidarity, I find myself on a hectic stay-cation in NYC due to a last-minute change of plans.  During the last 48 hours and without my usual schedule to contend with, I have decided to address my absence here on the blog… So what, you may ask, creates a Circa Joy Lynn BackBlog?

1.  CONDOMIZE-ing Online

In November of last year, I began to grow the online social community for The CONDOMIZE Campaign.  I have been generating content for the CONDOMIZE Twitter (follow us here), the CONDOMIZE Facebook (Like us here) as well as posting three times a week to the CONDOMIZE blog (go to http://www.thecondomizecampaign.org, then click “blog”).  While I have managed to keep up with the Circa Joy Lynn community on Twitter (follow me here!) and on my Facebook page (Like me here!), I know that I have fallen behind here on WordPress.  Today’s post is an attempt to create new habits and get back on the blogging horse, if you will.

2.  Animation & Video Post Production

Filming & editing my workshop on condoms & lubricants in ASL

Filming & editing my workshop on condoms & lubricants in American Sign Language

Since last fall, my team and I have been working diligently on our educational videos and 3D animations about male condoms, female condoms and lubricants in seven languages.  While I have adored this process, the post production has been… extensive, to say the least.  And until these videos and animations launch on UNFPA’s All About Condoms Website, I would rather not share them here 😉  You have already seen pictures from our animation voiceover recordings posted here, so stay tuned in the coming days for behind-the-scenes photos of our American Sign Language shoots last December.  I am so very proud to be able to offer this education to the deaf community, and I hope you enjoy the pics!

3.  Personal Stuff

Dad taking a photo of Mom during the Easter Parade

Dad taking a photo of Mom during the Easter Parade

A blind foster cat and multiple foster rabbits, visiting family, the abandonment of bad habits, the forging of new relationships and the solidifying of lasting friendships, a new office space, a little less pole and a lot more Bikram, thorough emotional processing, regular housekeeping… and we’re only 1/2 way through 2011.

Me in SoHo Snowmageddon, circa 2010

Me in SoHo Snowmageddon, circa 2010

So stay tuned for some serious Circa Joy Lynn BackBlogging this week!  Thank you, as always, for reading…

With love & gratitude,
Joy Lynn

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Better late than never, and just in time for World AIDS Day:
A week-long photographic recap of our work in Vienna, Austria!
Check back every day for the next 7 days to view photo stories of how my team and I spent our summer surrounding AIDS 2010.

Condomize Condom Packet

Condomize Condom Packet

Throughout May, June and July 2010 our team slowly gathered in Vienna from Canada, China, Ethiopia, Mexico and The United States

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus

We got to work immediately with local artists to build the Condomize creative materials and a series of culturally-specific male condom 3D animations in the 6 United Nations languages.

Ulrich and Adrian

Ulrich and Adrian

Caro and Mascha

Caro and Mascha

Homosexuelle Initiative Wien (HOSI) generously rented space to us… and all of our *stuff*

As the shipments continued to roll in through customs, we were fortunate to find amazing local volunteers to help us prepare everything for AIDS 2010…

Nardos from Ethiopia, taking a break to eat his first McDonald's

Nardos from Ethiopia, taking a break to eat his first McDonald's

Adrian, Franck, Sophie and Nardos - trying on our Condom Couture courtesy of Guillin Latex in China

Adrian, Franck, Sophie and Nardos - trying on our Condom Couture courtesy of Guillin Latex in China

Unpacked Red Ribbons with golden condoms attached...

Unpacked Red Ribbons with golden condoms attached...

Check back tomorrow for a look at our neighborhood and initial work at Messe Wien in Part 2 of my week-long photographic recap of our work in Vienna, Austria…

A brief homage to our work at AIDS 2010
More photos and stories to come soon!

Alles Liebe,
Joy Lynn 🙂

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