In May of 2016 staff members of A Chance In Life Gabriele Delmonaco (President/Executive Director) and Lauren Ross (Director of Development and Communications) visited Boys' & Girls' Towns of Ethiopia. Gabriele and Lauren attended the monthly meeting of the 100 high school girls in our program. During the meeting one of the emerging young leaders of the program, 18 year old Bethlehem, shared her story.
"First of all, I am happy to welcome all of you today to the 2016 program. I will be presenting the progress of our new project that has started this year. Every month, we have a meeting to discuss our needs, improvements and our future plans. We have been getting educational support and material support. Such as, text books and other school supplies and materials. From the beginning of the project until now many things have improved and it is going well. It is almost going to be a year since the project started. I have hopes that the things that weren’t finished will be finished before the end of the year.
I love travelling as much as I hate packing. Before a trip, I usually stare at my empty luggage hoping that it would suggest to me what I should put inside. Unfortunately, that never happens. The luggage never talks to me and lays open on the floor like a voracious mouth ready to be fed. I have no choice other than going through tedious check lists … toothpaste … check!