EthiopiaStudio2.0 has been busy at work gathering site information in order to present a schematic design concept for our Shebraber School. Our host, Mesganu the Ethiopia Ambassador to the UAE and a graduate of Shebraber in its inaugural years, has provided us with a great deal of insight on the history and future potential of the school. Mesganu’s genuine nature and warm spirited demeanor has motivated our group to work even harder to ensure his vision is realized. He has graciously taken time from his work in Dubai to spend the last two days with us. After compiling information and a number of intense late night work sessions, we have come up with two master plans which show potential for resolving many issues the school currently has while extending a vision for a high school in the years to come.
Today we had one of our most memorable experiences yet. We presented our work through the composition of a comprehensive booklet containing our research to Mesganu and community leaders. We could not have imagined a better reception; the community was overwhelmed by our work and dedication and in return gave us many many blessings for safe travel, a successful semester, and a blessing “for the rest of your lives.” It was a very touching and inspiring meeting which I’m sure none of us will soon forget. Before our presentation we delivered our gift to Shebraber of school supplies which we all contributed to. The children and the principal of the school were overjoyed with our gracious donation. Finally, we ended the evening with a traditional meal cooked over open fire inside the courtyard of the school. The fresh goat, sheep, and beef mix was delicious and one of the better meals we’ve had thus far. After the meal we had time to play a bit and we all enjoyed watching Jen Del Rio jump on a mule and attempt to ride. She enjoyed a safe ride and nearly got bucked off but quickly dismounted before it was too late.
Tonight the group is enjoying some much needed leisure time and sleep. It’s been a crazy intense and productive week and we are all looking forward to spending tomorrow evening at Negash Lodge two hours outside of Addis. Jack tells us Negash is one the best resorts in Ethiopia and that we’ll all enjoy the serenity and atmosphere.