On Nov. 6th we had Alyssa and her sister return to the farm for a brief visit. As you may remember after the attack on Wes, Kate was left in Addis Ababa to take care of the five children that Was and Alyssa were attempting to adopt. Wes and Alyssa then flew back to the USA for further care and surgery. After the successful surgery and Wes' post surgery recuperation needing to be in Rexburg Alyssa flew back alone to rejoin Kate to tend to the children. This day they were able to jump on the our normal scheduled supply flight to the farm for a few hour visit before the plane returned back to Addis. Of course this meant a brief celebration with Goat Tibs for all! Yum!
From left to right: Nati, Alyssa Haws, Kiya (Alyssa's maid), Asefa, Kate Hill (Sister) , and Dennis Strong our project director
It was a good visit and we got caught up with things and revisited the eventful day when Wes got hit in the head with the ax by an angry local farmer. It was a miracle that it didn't turn out worse than it did. All of us were so happy to see them.
She explained of the hardships they have encountered since the incident and the trials of trying to adopt the 5 children who are still in Capital, Addis Abbaba.
Meanwhile the crop was maturing with little to no rain since planting
The brush and trees were drying up showing that the sub moisture was tapped out down deep too
We had approximately 3" of rain for the crop to survive on which was spread out in brief storms from July through the end of September and only trace amounts there after. This crop was planted though the month of September with harvest set to be in December.
The Hectare/Acreage goal for Morrell Agro for the next planting season (March 2011) is 3,000 ha / 7,400 ac. and at this point in time we had a grand total of about 1,800 hectares of tillable acres prepared using a combination of hand labor with axes, loaders, and wagons with more hand labor. This has provided much appreciated opportunity for this poor economic area.
Coming up in the next blog is the the visit from our Daughter's family to Ethiopia