A Feast… {Celebrating with the Children of Chapa}

One of my fondest memories of my recent trip to Ethiopia was the day a feast was prepared for the children of Chapa. It was quite the production and I won’t soon forget the joy on the faces of the community women and the church/school leaders who were so eager to make the event happen. The faces of the children were priceless and our team cracked up as the big gulps of soda caused funny faces of wonder and delight. Most children have never tasted soda so it was a big and yes sugary treat!

It all began with someone from the Chapa village delivering this big guy…

the hump on the back of this ox is considered a delicacy- just ask my teammates...
then many hands got to work...
the art of rolling injera...

 

these charming women worked through the night to prepare the feast...

 

these two ladies loved seeing their own image in the camera...

 

and then 325 meals needed to be plated and delivered into the church...

 

here is one of the Children's Hopechest staff who joined us at Chapa...

 

in Ethiopia soda comes only in bottles...

 

here are a few happy faces...
love this one...

 

filling their little bellies with ox stew and injera...

In Ethiopia many cannot afford to eat meat. In fact many may only have meat once a year for Christmas. So needless to say bringing a feast to the Chapa Carepoint was a big deal.  Thank you to the Shine Foundation and close friends for the contribution to the Chapa feast. What amazes me most is the gratitude and the hard work we watched in making the event special and meaningful for us and for the children. Sharing food is truly a universal language. Breaking bread together shows respect and love. Each of the villagers who helped prepare the meat and cook the meal were so proud to do so.  They worked through the night as there is no refrigeration, no gas stove, no cutting boards, no running water. The meat was cut on a log and the fire was created in one of the classrooms, yes Chapa needs a kitchen. The plates were washed by hand and set out in the grassy field to dry.  It was a gift to the kids but also a gift to our team to see the beauty in their labor and excitement. I look forward to our next feast at Chapa. Plans are in the works for our visit next February and once again I will be planning my trip with One Child Campaign. There is so much to learn and love in Ethiopia. Please consider joining me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the big gulps of soda caused fun faces of wonder and delight. Most children have never tasted soda so it was a big and yes sugary treat!

 

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