Here marks the work of Gifts for Confidence work from the 2017 trip. Enjoy.
Implementing the curriculum
Here’s to a new start.
This was the first day of introducing the new curriculum to Friwot the teacher.
It was nice to reunite with the girls and take some promo images like this one.
Finally got off the plane in Awassa after nearly 2 days of flying.
Summer 2017 Team
While many of the girls were on summer vacation, it was time to put some work in on the curriculum. Thanks to Hawi (one of our original girls) for helping translate the curriculum.
Smiles with Hawi
Hawi was the best translator on this trip!
It was great hanging out with some of the kids from the Elpis feeding center. Some of these girls might become future sewing girls!
Hugs with Tersa
Hugging Tersa after presenting her the certificate
Paying the girls
This picture was taken after paying the girls through the 2nd pay cycle.
Thank you to all of our supporters!
We took this opportunity to do some promo for the FSU Catholic Student Union
Some lunches were spent getting work done.
Mahelet receives her pay from the second pay cycle.
Meron receives her pay from the second pay cycle
Smiles from Meron
Smiles from Mahelet
Etsegenet used her money from the Gifts for Confidence Program to purchase an “E” necklace to resemble her hard work.
Sometimes it is nice to relax and take a load off when your bajaj driver is late to pic you up. Thanks Mekdes
One of the school teachers using a tape stand as a hammer to hang our signs up.
Hanging with Hawi
We sat by Lake Awassa and relaxed for about an hour. Thankful for simple moments like this.
Introducing reusable pads
Jessica introduces the reusable pad concept to the girls as a future project.
Worship is a large part of Ethiopian church.
Friwot testing out our recyclable pillow project.
Some of the reusable pads that Friwot and Jessica created to sell at Parent’s day as a test market
Just a few fabric choices when we shopping for raw materials
Checking out some weaving processes in a local workshop
Jessica speaking to the only woman in the workshop. What a boss.
Mede came to the USA for a few months for scoliosis surgery. It’s great to see her doing well back in Ethiopia.
Jessica and Friwot going fabric shopping.
It was cool meeting others around town with sewing jobs
Jessica speaking to two other clothing makers in a made-to-order shop in Awassa.
It was cool getting to visit the local Ethiopian Market to check out the offerings. Food, spices, and other products!
It was great meeting this lady who sewed traditional scarves.
Jessica at the market.
Jessica met this lady at the market doing basket weaving. A cool trade skill profession.
A selfie with some of the older Elpis kids.
Visits with the Kebede family
Meaza, Kalkidan, and Misgana.
Smiles all around from the Elpis Girls.
Efrem, the teacher, and his brother.
Final smiles with Mekdes
The last evening
Smiles with Samrawit
Mekdes is wearing the Original Scarf
Misgana is wearing the Earth to Ethiopia scarf
Eledana is wearing the Earth to Ethiopia Scarf
Hawi is wearing the Saturday Safari Scarf.
Yeabsra, Marshet, Weynshet, and Mekdes are now the leaders in this program.
Misgana receiving her payment
Hawi, Tizita, and Hanna
Yeabsra getting paid
Etsegenet getting paid
Tizita getting paid
Tersa is wearing the Saturday Safari Scarf
Dibora by the Machines
Dibora is wearing the Lewi Blue Scarf.
Dibora and Tersa
Sisters, Sinafekesh and Tizita laughing.
Etsegenet wearing the Lewi Blue Scarf.
Tizita wearing the Ababa Red Scarf
Sinafekesh wearing the Saturday Safari Scarf
Spending my final day in Ethiopia with Aboma and his family was wonderful.