By Gabrielle.

I’m home from Ethiopia. And my life is rushing around me as usual. Filling backpacks. Laundry (always laundry). Errands. Work. After-school activities like tennis and trombone. Kitchen Cleanup…

But my mind is never far from what I learned/experienced/saw last week. The thing I keep coming back to is how much impact one passionate person can make. Every organization we met with had at least one key person. Someone who made this good thing happen. They made the plan. They raised the money. They hired the workers. And they helped dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of people.

I still have lots to tell you about what I learned in Ethiopia. I want to tell you about the inventive medical system in the rural areas. I want to tell you about 2 scarf factories — a big one and a small one — and the very real help they’re offering to the people involved. I want to tell you about the women beekeepers we met. I want to tell you how communities are learning about farming and nutrition.

I know last week was pretty heavy, so I’ll be spacing these reports out over the next while. I hope you’ll read them and think about how you, you yourself, might make an impact. And I’ll be thinking the same thing: How will I, Gabrielle Blair, make an impact? I want to make a big one!

Image by Karen Walrond.


Last week, I was in Ethiopia at the kind invitation and expense of The ONE Campaign, a nonpartisan, advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and malnutrition, particularly in Africa. ONE works to convince governments to invest in smart programs that save lives. While there, I traveled with a group of parenting bloggers to observe how the organizations for which ONE advocates are effecting real change in Ethiopia.

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