Well, it’s been months, and in that time I’ve had a few Christmases, a New Years and a couple of Easters – with no chocolate for me, by the way!
We have had volunteers, sewerage running through the back of Shamida, water leaks, and power problems. All in all, a ‘typical’ few months in Ethiopia!
We have some great news; babies are at Shamida! Well, one baby, but it’s started, and this is what has been keeping me very busy, finalising all the paperwork.
So, as I sit at the Ghion hotel waiting to meet some people and sipping on my cuppa (albeit Ethiopian tea and not Tetley tea), I am overwhelmed with the thought that we have done it. It seems surreal, exciting, and scary, all at once.
The next step is having the container shipped from Dubai to Ethiopia – four days travelling time and 25 days in Ethiopian customs. But I think if we’ve waited 17 months for the first baby to arrive, we can wait another few months for the 60 cubic square-metre container.
I will keep the posts up-to-date. If anybody is thinking of coming to volunteer over the next few months, and is good at unpacking, sorting and putting Ikea cots together, please contact me.
Back to my cuppa!