Hello from Ethiopia!

  TNN on the Road is going international with JSA’s Lauren Sauer blogging from Africa.  Check out Lauren’s post from Ethiopia.

As I am sitting at the airport waiting to board my flight to Bahar Dar and finally having access to wifi for the first time, I thought it would be a good time to take a minute to share some of my experiences. I’m not even sure where to start; first, I am safe and really enjoying this experience!

Here is a photo of me with local Ethiopian children while visiting their hut near the Bale Mountains. It was incredible; 11 people were living in a space smaller then a NYC studio apartment. They have one light bulb, one goat (which keeps people warm at night since the weather is cold and rainy), 2 beds and one phone charger.

At first, I was filming the family using my iPhone and then realized they were gathering around in awe to see the screen.  I then switched the view so they were able to see themselves on the screen.  They started giggling because, for many of them, this was the first time they had seen their own reflection. They are so interested in technology and were excited to take this photo with my phone.  I am boarding my next flight; will have more when back in a wifi-enabled area.

Note from JSA: To help those in need in Africa, particularly the school children going without, we are honored to extend our deadline for giving.  Join JSA and JSA clients as we donate to Develop Africa. Ship all unused or outdated promotional items, like hats, notebooks, shirts and pens, to our shipping facility in NJ.  We will be sending another crate over in December.  Thanks to companies like Optelian, Telecom Italia Sparkle, Inteliquent and more who supported our September shipment. Email [email protected] to find out more on how you can help.