Before I knew that I’d be taking this trip back to Ethiopia, my family had signed up with one of our supporting churches to participate and support the World Vision Global 6k for Water…Why 6K, b/c it’s estimated that most people in the developing World have to walk an average of 6K to access clean water.
It was a beautiful day in Bahir Dar…
A friend lives outside of town, and he let me get water for his house on the day of the walk.
By the way (all you guys from Duncan, OK – Immanuel Baptist Church team from Grace Center who donated that bike 5 or 6 years ago to my family)…this is that bike. 🙂 – I called it the “Blue Mule”
I was balancing 25 liters of water on each side. Each container costs 0.75 Ethiopian cents (total for 50 liters = 1.5 Ethiopian Birr = 0.07 US cents)
While I was walking, a whole bunch of kids started to follow 🙂
Going up and over the hills…
I looked back and decided I needed a short break, so I leaned against this pile of organic firewood 🙂
Then I got back on the path, but as we got near to his village, I had to let my friend’s brother push the bike…b/c his community wouldn’t understand having your guest bring water for you… so I let him finish the rest of the trip.
And that my friend was my Global 6K plus a little extra walking, cycling, and brining water. (by the way, I’m in DC right now with a 9 hour layover). From the time I left Bahir Dar on the 7th, to when I arrive in Columbus tonight, my entire journey home will have taken 40 hours total.
***I was going to walk to the Blue Nile and take a picture of me in the Nile, but the Soldiers really don’t allow people to take pictures near the bridge. 🙂