I'm headed to Addis Ababa in April to run a Leadership programme for the senior team of Girl Hub Ethiopia. The charity is a strategic collaboration between DFID and the Nike Foundation, acting together to transform the lives of adolescent girls. www.girleffect.org/2015 As seven of the eight team members joined in January 2015 it was great timing for the group to take time out from their (very busy) schedules to focus on working together as a cohesive unit and examine the best ways to deliver results for the organisation. The leadership programme was followed by a team building event for the whole office based around enhancing cross cultural working. The whole week was fantastic. Girl Hub Ethiopia is doing some amazing work in the country and I thoroughly enjoyed supporting them.
I had the following weekend in the capital which was brilliant, Addis is a very interesting, cosmopolitan city with lots happening. Saturday was a visit to the National Museum, highlights being a statue of Haile Selassie on his horse for Sisay (lovely Girl Hub driver) and Lucy for me, the world's earliest human (her skeleton was discovered here and my son studied her in school, she's tiny!) Everyone had recommended Tomoca (the oldest coffee shop in Ethiopia) they were right - coffee was delicious and the shop beautiful. Sisay drove me to the long street that sells traditional clothes where I got a shirt for my son (different style here to the one I got him from Sierra Leone) and a cute dress for my friend's little daughter. Sunday was lunch and a traditional coffee ceremony with Office Manager Tsegey and her lovely family. Thanks Tsegey! Thanks also to Liz and Bronia of Aspire Leadership for recommending me for the job. Appreciated.