Shamida Ethiopia's founder Karen Kendall
The short story is after I adopted my daughter in 2012 I decided to do something for the country that gave me my most precious and valuable gift, my daughter!
We have no normal anymore, or our normal is far different from most other people. We wake up and eat breakfast, I head to the orphanage or to meeting and she is currently home school by a teacher from the USA, and this is all that is normal about tour life!. Ruby and I chat most nights….she hears about the kids with disabilities that we have, who is sick or even if one tragically dies. She has been exposed to all sorts of things here that living in the West she would not have experienced. Most nights end with a talk about her biological mum, this is her topic of choice at nearly 7 years old. We talk about what she may look like, what Ruby has, like her nose, that is the same as her “tummy mummy”.
Our days can be hectic but we love being here even with all the non Western conveniences.
My daily mantra is the quote “These are be best of times, these are the worst of times”. Life can change in 2 seconds over here from being so happy we got a child to hospital on time, to hearing that the child has died and feeling like I should have done more!
The clothes that have meaning. They are not just super cool clothes but they mean something.
I just caught a mouse and it scared the crap out of me but it scared me more being in the house with it!!!