Ethiopia Bound

I can hardly believe it is already here! Tomorrow I will be leaving well before the sun rises for my next adventure: Ethiopia. I will be one of nine new media journalists heading with The Johns Hopkins International Reporting Project to Ethiopia to report on newborn health. It is bound to be a life-changing experience and I can hardly wait to share what I learn on my blog. I’ve done a ton of reading and research over the past few months yet I’m sure nothing will prepare me for our visits especially in rural villages. I will be gone for two weeks and am flying directly to a wedding in Chicago all in the same 24 hours afterwards. It is going to be quite an adventure!

The best part of all is I will be traveling with a wonderful friend and fellow advocate/mom/blogger Elizabeth Atalay of who I met through blogging and working together at World Moms Blog, Mom Bloggers for Social Good and ONE. We both share a passion for travel and using our voice to try to change the world.


Here are a few posts on our upcoming trip.

I’m Heading to Ethiopia as an International Reporting Fellow

ONE Moms travel to Ethiopia to report on newborn health via ONE

Traveling to Ethiopia with the John Hopkins International Reporting Project Fellowship via Documama 

I will be posting as much as I can via my blog, my Facebook page, instragram and twitter. The hashtag for the trip is #EthiopiaNewborns if you would like to follow along.

Follow along at: Thirdeyemom@thirdeyemomFacebookInstagram



  1. I will be interested to hear how it goes. I haven’t been to Ethiopia and it isn’t on my current bucket list so your impressions will be interesting

    • I can only imagine. So far I’ve only seen Addis and Bahir Dar and I loved Bahir Dar and the rural countryside. It is so incredibly beautiful. I have another week here so we will see!

  2. Each step of your advocacy builds layers of experience, but I am also sure that you realize how much has to be done. It’s commendable that you take each opportunity with such humility and passion.

    • Thanks Sally! So far this has been an incredible experience! I’ve seen and learned so much. One more week to go! Then I will get home and have so many stories and photos to share!

  3. I live in South Africa so what you are doing touches me. Whereas SA is mostly fine with regards to newborn health compared to the rest of the continent, it is something that’s important to raise awareness about. Looking forward to reading about this adventure.

    • Thanks Regina! I actually went to S.Africa about 8 years ago and loved it. Ethiopia is a fascinating place and I’ve learned so much. Will be sharing more soon about the status of women, child and newborn health here. 🙂

    • Thanks! It has so far been unbelievable, especially getting out into the villages. Everything I’ve seen in pictures in National Geographic is right before my eyes. Really amazing. Can’t wait to share more! 🙂

    • Wonderful! It has been amazing. You have to go to Bahir Dar and take a boat to the monasteries! You would LOVE it there! Also getting out into the villages is a must and unbelievable.

  4. Have an amazing trip, my friend. Can’t wait for your upcoming posts!

    And sorry to have been gone recently. We were without internet for two weeks, and then I traveled to the US for nearly another two. So glad to be home in Cuenca again!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

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