Salem nachu? Dena nachu? Its been a couple weeks, but I am still waiting on my laptop to return from repairs. As the days get closer to my trip the excitement builds and things start to fall into place! I have a few updates and details on exactly what I will be doing on my internship!
My internship is through Blessing The Children International and I will be working as a social work intern in Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia (45 mins from Addis). Blessing the Children currently has 168 children, and I will be shadowing other social workers on their daily activities. This is going to be mainly home visits to the children in their program all over Debre Zeyit. Each child receives at least one home visit per month, often times children receive more than one if their sponsor sends them a letter or package or if the child has special needs. Some of our younger children have special nutritional needs so they receive daily or weekly visits.
I will also be participating in planning and helping run the monthly activity days (a day that includes the children receiving a hot meal, playing games, having a craft, praise and worship and a skit), monthly grain and support distribution, the feeding programs at the BCI Academy (breakfast, milk and lunch program), taking the children shopping and handing out special gifts and letters sent from sponsors and helping the children write letters to their sponsors. This is the basis of what their social workers do but they also participate in special programs when teams are in Ethiopia, special holiday programs, BCI Academy programs (English competition, Art Exhibit, Soccer Tournament, etc) and also medical trips to Addis for their children who have special medical needs.
(The photos above are from Blessing The Children, I do not own any of them)
Updates: I am in a program at OSU that will give me a $2,000 grant towards my trip (Plane ticket) once completion. I have already posted it to my GoFundMe account, although the money isn’t released until May. I still help raising funds, because the absolutely latest I can pay the remaining balance is the end of April! So please, donate, share, subscribe, tell your neighbor & your neighbor’s neighbor :).
Thanks, I love you guys! Stay tuned tomorrow I will disclosing the Habesha Night I will be having at my church! It will be a night of worship, and more information on Ethiopia & my internship! God Bless! :*
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