Welcoming Our 2013 Canadian Visitors
In April 2013, the VCDS Ethiopia team and in-country program was visited by a group of ladies from Relate Church in Surrey BC.
Led by Pastor Helen Balzer, who had previously visited the program in 2012, the group included Bisrat Libsekal (VCDS board member), and Lindsay Jangalee (Surrey) and Laurie Purdy (Abbotsford).
The ladies were well received by the communities of Yerah and Woldia, and had the opportunity to participate in the weekly tutoring sessions with the children of Woldia, which included time to fellowship and share with the guardians with the assistance of an interpreter.
Laurie Purdy discussing with Zerefa Biru during a session
The people, especially the guardians were touched by the generosity and willingness of the ladies who came from so far to see their circumstances first-hand and found their desire to be of help particularly moving.
Lindsay Jangalee with some of the children
The activity session with the kids
The girls proudly wearing the necklaces they made during their activity session with goodies from Canada
In as much as the people of Woldia were touched, our Canadian visitors found themselves equally impacted. Here are a couple of excerpts from their experiences
Our Canadian visitors perched on top of the hills overlooking Woldia, April 2013
Top image | From Left : Helen Balzer, Lindsay Jangalee, Zerefa Biru, Bisrat Libsekal, Laurie Purdy.