Ethiopia by Kady Dunlap

I had the pleasure of spending this past week in Addis Ababa for work.  Ethiopia is an enchanting country, filled with lovely landscapes and beautiful people.  The job that took me to Africa was photographing schools for an organization called Edify (www.edify.org).  After finishing up at one of the schools on the last day of work, I asked our bajaj (a blue 3-wheeled taxi) driver to take me to a good place to take pictures of Ethiopians in town.  I wanted to get more images of adults since I had mostly been taking pictures of children in school. 

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Mesfin, whose name means "prince" in Amharic, took us to his own family's home.  There, I got to meet his sister, niece, and stepmother.  They were so hospitable and kind.  Even though I didn't have time to stay for it, they invited me to a coffee ceremony.

I even got to meet their priest.  He was so generous to let me take his picture, and when I tried to show him the picture on the back of my camera, they let me know that he has trouble with his sight.  [I've sent the images to one of my new Ethiopian friends to have him print these pictures for Mesfin as well as the priest.  They say he will be able to see the printed image.] Despite his failing sight, he gave me a blessing and placed his cross right on my forehead and lips with no problems.

Mesfin's family home was on this charming street, and on the way there, I took one of my favorite pictures I've ever taken :)

It was just a really great day.  Thanks, Mesfin!

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Stay tuned for more pictures after I edit and give the final images to Edify... and maybe images from my market experience.

Brother Bill's Helping Hand by Kady Dunlap

Although this post is about an organization in Dallas, it is still about neighbors.  These aren't my neighbors, but they are the neighbors of West Dallas.  I got to do some work for Brother Bill's Helping Hand last week.  I took a lot of pictures of the work they do, but I'm just going to post a few from their monthly grocery delivery.  Once a month on a Saturday, volunteers come to pack up food and head out into the West Dallas community to deliver groceries to people who don't have the ability to get to Brother Bill's on their own.  I got to meet two ladies who live just two doors down from each other.  Both were talkative, warm, and full of neighborhood history.  It was really a Saturday morning well-spent.

Dani and Brenda by Kady Dunlap

Brenda has lived in my neighborhood for about 40 years.  Her grandparents owned the home, and she grew up with them.  Now, she and her wife Daniela ("Dani") live there with their dog, Goldie.  Dani and Brenda met in Germany where they were both in the military, Brenda in the US Army, and Dani in the German armed forces.  They married in Hawaii, and then Brenda lived in Germany for a couple years before they moved back here to Austin.  Dani is a professional dog trainer and has a pet care service, and Brenda works for the Austin convention center.  Goldie is kind of nuts.

Jonathan by Kady Dunlap

Neighbor series, part 2.  This is Jonathan.  He sells linen wear and guayabera shirts, and he loves his dog, Jake.  Jonathan bought his house from a neighbor named Joshua a few years ago, so he and Jake have continued the "J" name tradition in that house.  Jonathan loves art, and he's a voracious reader who has recently taken up watercoloring as a hobby.