This title may sound like the beginning of a joke, but it's actually the story of my ten day journey to Ethiopia this past January. Two months ago, I accompanied a group of journalists and media professionals hailing from Italy, the US and France to visit A Chance In Life's programs in Ethiopia. How did such an international group come together? Well, the story begins with a phone call ...
"I would like to join you on a trip to Ethiopia," Federico Rampini announced to me over the phone. As I love to show our Towns to people, and I knew Mr. Rampini to be one of Italy's most prolific and respected journalists, I was thrilled. Over the course of the conversation, I was informed that there were, in fact, nine other people who wished to accompany us. Despite the 3,000 miles to cover in Ethiopia through flights and bumpy drives on off-road paths, A Chance In Life accepted the challenge. On January 11, our group of ten visitors from Italy, France, and the US reached Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
Click below to read the rest of the story, told in two parts, and see photos and videos of our trip!