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From Oct 17th 2006- Oct 30th 2006
Oct 17th In northern highlands
- Lake Tana
- Lalibela Churches
Oct 19th In Addis Ababa
- Right to Play Project
Oct 26th – 28th In Dire Dawa
- Somalian Refugee Camp in Ethiopia
Oct 30th Leave Addis Ababa for Kenya


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Recorded date: November 22, 2006

In Nairobi:

- Addis Ababa

Northern Highlands, Ethiopia

“When a spider's web forms, it can trap a lion” – Ethiopian proverb

The people of the Ethiopian highlands have preserved and continue to preserve one of the world’s richest cultures. The Ethiopian highlands, which cover about two thirds of Ethiopia, are situated in the Great Rift Valley. The northern highlands are home to 80% of Africa’s tallest mountains.  These highlands have always been important to Ethiopians, especially in terms of protecting the country from foreign conquest. These highlands also helped Ethiopians preserve their culture over the centuries. Our few days in the highlands will allow us to explore the Ethiopian culture in different parts of the country. More information about what kind of economic activities the people engage themselves in and the problems they face in the highlands will be coming your way in mid-October.

In the meantime, here is some information about the two places we are visiting:

  • Lake Tana
Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia, is the source of the Blue Nile. The Blue Nile floats from Lake Tana into Sudan. The lake is home to various islands. Some of these isolated islands have monasteries that shelter the remains of ancient Ethiopian emperors and treasures of the church. These monasteries date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Did you know that one of the monasteries can only be visited by men? We’ll tell you why! If you want to know what this lake means to the people of this region, stay tuned to the expedition!
For more information please visit:
  • The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Lalibela is a small town in the Ethiopian highlands. It used to be the capital of the Zagwe Dynasty, which ruled Ethiopia from the 10th to 13th centuries. Lalibela contains one of Christianity’s most important sites; a series of 13th century churches carved out of rock. Each church is sculpted from the living bedrock of the earth. The churches, which are still in use today, are filled with painted biblical murals. We will give you all the history behind these churches and tell you the significance of the most remarkable of the Lalibela Churches, Bet Giorgis.
For more information about Churches of Lalibela please visit:
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, the largest city of Ethiopia, is the capital city of Ethiopia. Located at the geographic center of the country, Addis is the political and cultural center of Ethiopia. We will give you an insight of the lifestyle of Addis, the people and the culture. We’ll also highlight some important aspects of Addis Ababa, such as the African Union, which is headquartered in this city. Ethiopia is also know for its coffee and roses exports; follow the expedition to learn more about Ethiopia’s economic activities.
Ethiopia produces many long distance runners, such as Haile Gebre Selassie, Millon Wolde, Kenenisa Bekele and Gezahgne Abera. We plan to interview some Ethiopian runners and if we are lucky enough, we will go to a training facility just outside of Addis Ababa at an altitude of 6000 feet.  We will tell you the secret behind the success of these Ethiopian runners.

In Addis Ababa, we will visit two organizations that are making a difference in Ethiopia:

  • Right to Play
This athlete-driven international humanitarian organization implements various sport and play programs designed to guide children on a positive path to a healthy development. These programs also teach important values such as leadership skills, teamwork, fair play, conflict resolution, self-esteem, communication, commitment, respect and integrity. These programs (SportWorks and SportHealth) are implemented in different parts of the world, namely in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In Addis Ababa, Right to Play continues to implement its SportHealth program. With this program, children learn everything from the importance of vaccinations as well as preventions of harmful diseases such as Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV/AIDS. After all, happier and educated children are the pillars of safer, healthier and more peaceful communities! What is the progress of this organization in Addis Ababa? We will let you know once we visit the organization!
Did you know that Ethiopia has the 3rd highest number of HIV-positive cases in the world? Because of this, there are an estimated 1.2 million children orphaned by AIDS in Ethiopia.  War Child Canada and its national partner, People 2 People, are supporting the Ethiopian AIDS Orphans Development Program. Together, they are providing 300 AIDS orphans with basic necessities such as food and shelter, as well as access to skills training, psychosocial rehabilitation, education and HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness. In Addis Ababa, you will be able to see how this program is benefiting the lives of many orphans.
Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Ethiopia shelters numerous refugees from neighbouring African countries, as a result of their ongoing political and civil unrest. Dire Dawa is situated in eastern Ethiopia, close to its border with Somalia. While we are in Dire Dawa, we will visit a Somalian refugee camp to give you a taste of life in refugee camps. We want you to see what kind of social issues the refugees are faced with. What about the females in the camps? Are these girls and women receiving any medical care? Women have their own stories to tell about their struggles and their health; we will touch upon some of these issues while visiting a refugee camp in this region.