Talking about my experiences in Ethiopia is always hard. I am never sorry I went, never regret the three trips that I've taken there, but my heart is always torn when I think of my brothers & sisters across the ocean. I long to be here with my family, and I long to be there with them. I know God has not called me to go this year, but that doesn't mean I still don't think about them, miss them, & pray for them.
Going with Doctors Giving Back to Ethiopia was probably one of the top ten things I could have done. You always go to these things thinking how much YOU will help THEM, save them, care for them, and it's always just the opposite. THEY are the ones helping YOU, changing you, opening your eyes to a world outside of the small bubble you've always lived in.
I am always honored to be able to go & photograph the amazing things that DGB is doing in Ethiopia - and now especially since they will be in their 3rd year of water filtration with the AMAZING Sawyer Filters. I literally got goosebumps when I saw how these tiny little pieces of technology worked to filter almost a million gallons of water & in turn, save millions of lives from simple illnesses.
The first half of the photos below shows some of my favorite images from our trips to the villages on the outskirts of Assosa. The second half, starting with the large red bucket, is a very quick glimpse of the water filtration systems we were able to help set up.
Enjoy...and be changed...