Arriving in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Here we are in Bahir Dar. Today were plenty of activities for us.

After breakfast we met Indrias Getachew, who is the communication specialist at UNICEF. He told us what will be our program today.

Later we went to the UNICEF office in Addis Ababa, where we heard a very interesting presentation from Ted Chaiban about UNICEF Ethiopia’s work.

Ted Chaiban
© Judit Kocsis

For example, did you know that Ethiopia is the third most populous country in Africa? And that the number of children under 5 years are 13.5 million in this country? Only 5% of them go to kindergarten.

Among other things, UNICEF is working on this issue in this country.
But we heard also about their work on:
– Young child, adolescent and woman’s health
– The importance of nutrition and food security,
– Water supply, sanitation and hygiene,
– Basic education,
– Protective environment

UNICEF presentation
© Judit Kocsis

We had lunch in a small restaurant, where we ate cheeseburgers. The roll was cold, but the meat was real meat. After that we drank very delicious mango, papaya, and strawberry juice.

In the afternoon the plane took off at 3 o’clock, but we almost missed the plane. According to Budapest time it was still only one o’clock, so we planned to go refreshing ourselves at the airport cafe. We calmly had coffee, when one of the airport staff rushed and said to us we had a few minutes before taking off and we should get on it.

Fortunately, luck was with us, we quickly passed through the necessary control and successfully reached the plane.

Finally, after a 45-minute journey we arrived at Bahir Dar, which is 578 kilometers far from the capital, Addis Ababa, and we discovered that this town is only just about 25 years old!

Ethiopian air

It is located on the southern shores of Lake Tana, which is the biggest lake of Ethiopia.

This place is like a resort, full of beautiful palm trees, oleanders, and mango trees.

After 20-minutes relaxing, we prepared a report with Indrias about his and UNICEF’s work, and we talked about the program for the next few days.

Then we made an interview with each other as well. Judy was the cameraman, the reporter was me, Anita was the interviewee. We did not forget about our Slovak and Czech colleagues, because we talked about how we would share our experiences and knowledge to all employees in the region.

    Sára Szabó