Category Archives: ethiopia

Why Is Playground Equipment Important in Developing Countries?

In 2014, my friends, colleagues, family, and I have installed playground equipment in Ecuador, Peru, Ethiopia, Uganda, Cambodia, and the Navajo Nation.  In the last 6 years in Uganda alone, we have installed swing sets and other playground equipment at … Continue reading

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Is the Ethiopian Village of Awra Amba Really a Utopia?

My Ethiopian guide had mentioned a possible visit to the village of Awra Amba.  I had never heard of the place, so I looked it up on the Internet.  When I learned that it was a “utopian” community in northern … Continue reading

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More Swing Sets for Africa

On a recent trip (Jan/Feb 2015) to Uganda and Ethiopia, we installed 3 new swing sets, finished a wooden one that partially completed, and made a few repairs to several existing swings.  I love installing swing sets around the world. … Continue reading

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Trekking Through the Middle Ages (in Ethiopia)

During my LDS Mission to Belgium and France, I fell in love with all things medieval; I particularly wondered about the living conditions of ordinary peasants.  As a result, as an undergraduate at BYU, I majored in history with a … Continue reading

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Priests, Monks, and a Nun of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is the predominant Christian church in Ethiopia.  It is one of the few pre-colonial Christian churches of sub-Saharan Africa and its origins date back to the 4th century AD.  With its ancient churches and rituals, … Continue reading

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Visiting Ancient Rock Churches Around Lalibela, Ethiopia

After you are through visiting the medieval rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia, it is recommended that you visit a few in the countryside.  I’ve visited a total of 5 during my two trips.  Two are located in shallow caves, and 3 are … Continue reading

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Lalibela, Ethiopia: 3 Can’t Miss Attractions

In early February (2015), I spent a few days in Lalibela, Ethiopia.  I like small-town Lalibela; this was my second visit.  I enjoy staying at Tukul Village Hotel and visiting the areas ancient rock churches, some almost a millennium old … Continue reading

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