Dire Dawa is the town our sweet girl is from. We flew there the day
before we left and I am really glad we decided to go see it before heading home. We took a little blue three-wheeled motorized taxi around the city to see some sights. The first thing we did was go to the hospital where Zaidee
was born. It was heartbreaking. Walking in my stomach just dropped. The
conditions were terrible and filthy. People were everywhere crying out
for care. It was like walking through a movie. To add to it, the city of Dire Dawa is extremely hot because it is much lower elevation than Addis. It is hard to describe just how
sad the conditions were, and unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take pics. I had thought that Addis was pretty impoverished, but Dire Dawa was even worse.
We also got to
go to the orphanage where Zaidee was first cared for. The workers there were so sweet and took great care of us. We spent the afternoon seeing the orphanage, playing and singing songs with all the cute kids there, and holding and kissing all the sweet babies. Before we left, the workers prepared a huge meal for us. Rolls, injera, popcorn, cookies, 3 types of meat, beets and potatoes, lentils, rice, coffee, coke, and a barley drink. It was great!
Overall it was a great experience to see the place where little Zaidee's life began. I am glad I will be able to tell her all about it when she is older.
This is the baby room at the orphanage where Zaidee first lived.
This is a fermented barley drink that I was served a few times. It reminds me of my grandmas homemade root beer. And below are some not very sweet cookies.
Here are the sweet nannies that cared for Zaidee first.
The market, in the afternoon everyone lays around and chews khat a few people asked us to join them ;)
Today was my last full day at the transitional home, tomorrow we are heading to Dire Dawa to see where Miss Zaidee was born. I might not be able to update again til we are home!! Here are some pics from the day!
Bye Marty and Shelly, I'll miss you! Painting Crew Shelly, the mastermind. Connie and I painted the stages of plant development. Today we spent the day painting murals at West Sands new school in Nazret. It was so fun to see all the kiddos and to brighten up there playground. My eyes are winky so I'd better go to bed :)
Driving to Embassy (they don't have car seats here)
Today was Embassy, Wahoo! And today is our GOTCHA DAY! Yipee! We will be home Saturday at around 8:30pm. EVERYONE is welcome to our airport homecoming :)! I am so excited for you all to meet Miss Zaidee! I will let you know the flight number and terminal we are coming into. Sorry for the lack of pictures today the internet is super slow and I'm exhausted. We are waking up really early tomorrow to paint murals at a new school in Nazret. More to come then xoxo
I am a Flight Attendant and Adam is an ophthalmology resident at the U of U. We brought home our beautiful daughter from Ethiopia in april 2012. And we are expecting another little girl in January. Follow us on our journey!