Must see pictures of cute babies #uryadi's

Majamria (first) Updates:
I haven’t been able to update my blog because it has been blocked with all the other websites including…. Google.
Let me tell you what it feels like to not have google.
The other day amber and I made beans and added tomatoes and salt with the beans in the beginning. They never finished cooking but we ate them anyway.
With google by our side, we could have known to not add acid which is in tomatoes until they were almost finished cooking. Not having google directly caused us to eat raw beans.  
#bringbackgoogle

I am in Frankfurt, Germany waiting for my flight to DC for the Blog it Home contest!!! Internet access makes me feel so alive.
Also, my brain is not ready for full english yet so get ready for the Eng-haric. I keep talking to people in Amharic. Its getting really awkward.

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I have been itching to tell you about this vibrant place in Sodo,Ethiopia that will surely brighten your day.  

A little orphanage named Uryadi’s Village with about 30 vigorous bright baby souls at the moment. Sometimes we go there to see the kids to lighten our own days, and I think they enjoy our visits as well.

Amber drew a bracelet of tattoo like drawings with colorful makers on my arm when she was bored. Rain, water, fire, clouds, coffee, mountains, fish and more. When the kids saw it they grabbed my arm like it was the coolest thing. Then started telling me what each picture was in Amharic/Wolatenya the local language. I had to keep reminding them that my arm could turn clockwise and counter, so we don’t have to break it, just yet.

We taught them the names of the pictures in english a 100 times, and the few hearing impaired kids taught it to all of us in sign language 1000 times after. We then had our very own fabulous photoshoot. 

 I know Uryadi’s village is actually doing solid work, and we Peace Corp volunteers around Sodo love helping them with whatever we can do. 

They are currently building a new sustainable and stunning compound for these little ones. The new village will provide more resources for the children so they can grow up healthy and strong. Everyone needs a clean positive environment to live in, but orphanages in Ethiopia are often lacking the basic necessities. Of Sub Saharan Countries, Ethiopia has the highest percentage of orphans in its population, with a total of about 5 million. 

Currently Uryadi’s village has a goal to expand to 50-70 children, and their new compound will be able to fit all those beautiful souls, and you can help. 
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I urge you to check out their website. www.uryadisvillage.org

So many children around the world need support, so I am not going to tell you to donate to these children because they are the most important, but I will tell you that if you choose to support this organization you can be sure your money won’t be wasted. Check out the “Our Children” page to put a personality to each child. They are seriously great and I know you will want to see them all succeed. 

Okay, I have to go find my gate for my flight so I am going to keep this one short but the pictures will definitely fill you up. 

Enjoy.

See you in a couple of hours DC! 

Yacob made me get in one picture. 

Yacob made me get in one picture. 

So fabulous. 

So fabulous. 

Gap models don't you think? 

Gap models don't you think? 

Something about Ethiopian smiles. I miss them already. 

Something about Ethiopian smiles. I miss them already. 

Amber said he wouldn't come to her the first time she met the kids, but this time he ran straight to her and gave her the sweetest hug. Thats real love at second sight. 

Amber said he wouldn't come to her the first time she met the kids, but this time he ran straight to her and gave her the sweetest hug. Thats real love at second sight. 

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Left: Ziway. She has some cognitive challenges, but ah she's a bright soul. Always, ALWAYS smiling. 

Left: Ziway. She has some cognitive challenges, but ah she's a bright soul. Always, ALWAYS smiling. 

Stunning family, and a great older sister. 

Stunning family, and a great older sister. 

I fell in love with this little one. 

I fell in love with this little one. 

Ethiopian smiles I tell you. 

Ethiopian smiles I tell you. 

playing football. 

playing football. 

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Temesgen in the back with his slow clap can be so sassy sometimes. He's turning in to a classic teenager lol it's really great. He reminds me of my bratty self when I was a teen. <3

Temesgen in the back with his slow clap can be so sassy sometimes. He's turning in to a classic teenager lol it's really great. He reminds me of my bratty self when I was a teen. <3

Cheeks.

Cheeks.

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