Thank God for 4×4 trucks in Africa during the rainy season. With special thanks to our three skillful drivers: Sisay, Abel and Mulay, we were able to haul through mucky mud and deep holes in the rain, to safely make it to Alamura primary school.
Alamura primary school is the first out of two schools that we will visit in the lovely city of Hawassa, to conduct anthropometric and dental assessments on the school children. The children of Alamura made us all feel welcomed with their genuine smiles and curious looks.
Preforming anthropometric and dental assessments on the children is a task that most of us have become nearly professionals at thanks to our training in Ethiopia. A great deal of the children at Alamura have never had what we call an “annual check-up”, so they were unfamiliar with the process of stepping on the scale to measure their weight, standing up straight to measure their height, bending their arms at an 90 degree angle to measure their arm circumference and opening up their mouths wide enough for us to see inside. The language barrier makes explaining things to the children slightly difficult to do on our own. The Hawassa University students are a tremendous help, we wouldn’t be able to perform the assessments proficiently without them.
I am glad we had the opportunity to work with children in different regions of Ethiopia to enlighten them about their health and of course their innocent and cheerful personalities are enjoyable to be around. Even though the children dislike for us to leave so soon, we had to go after we finished assessing all of the children in 2 hours. Once we said our goodbyes at the school, we began our journey back to the hotel for lunch and a small mid-day break. We united once again at 3pm to head to a resort and then to a lake to see African hippopotamuses. The warm southern styled Halie Resort is owned by a native Ethiopian Olympic runner, Halie Gebrselasie.
After a successful day of conducting research, a wade in the pool was ideally deserved. Special thanks to the supreme Dr.Willis for buying tickets, in which granted us access to the infinity swimming pool that overlooked Lake Awassa. Absolutely beautiful scenery for us to relax and socialize amongst each other. We will definitely come back to this resort, perhaps tomorrow!
The African Hippos would have been a sight to see, but we sadly missed the hippos before they went back into the water. Even though we were unable to see the hippos, we were still able to observe wildlife in Africa beyond the books.
The Ethiopia 2015 crew ended the eventful day at a relaxing restaurant that had nothing but goat meat on the menu with drinks, in which we all found appetizing.