Happy New Year! Today is the first day of 2003 in the Ethiopian calendar. After a delightful breakfast, prepared by Stephne, we hiked up to our site – the first step out of the hospital campus experiencing Soddo first hand. The journey was eventful, stopped by the orphanage and had a quick look at the present accommodations the children are living in – our clients! Children on the streets followed us and they were much excited to shake our hands and give fist pumps; a love and warmth that emanated from the entire community. The first experience of the site was of serene beauty overlooking the rest of the town. The afternoon was spent with Harry and Stephne Bowers (our clients) and Mark (the builder) discussing their vision and goals for Wolaita village.