Of course Ethiopia is such a special country because of their culture, history and traditions. Being so close to the local people in their everyday life allowed me to live these from such a close perspective, something you are never able to get when you go to a country as a tourist. All that I could learn from this was by no doubt the most valuable “thing” I got from my visit.
One other important fact I learnt is that many times NGOs work or take decisions based on their own interests, in order to raise more funding from governments or to use their actions to improve their social image. However, on my experience with Etiopia Utopia I could learn this is not always like that.
Etiopia Utopia applies a very high level of auto-criticism of every activity they do, and how they do it, always being their objective the development of the local community, and not their own one.
I will not forget one of my first days in Mekele, walking around with David and Ana, when they were asking me if donating a container full of backpacks for students was a good or helpful action for the community. I did not answer to that question, and I am still not able to. They had a clear idea that charity and collaboration have quite different meanings that unfortunately, many times are confused or misused.
In the following posts I will share my experiences during the visits to the different projects I mentioned before, including of course some of the pictures I took, which I hope you will like.
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