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I Had to Help

By Siobhan       About VoiceEthiopia and Seeds Of Africa

Last summer I went to Ethiopia with my cousin for eight days.  My trip really sparked my interest in philanthropy.  Before going on our trip, my cousin and I decided that we wanted to video tape everything we saw in Ethiopia so we could always remember our experience there.  We also thought it would be a good idea to make a documentary of our trip so that everyone could experience what we did.  Before we left, we prepared interview questions and decided on specific things to film, with the help of our director.

What We Saw

The second my cousin and I landed in Ethiopia, we were overwhelmed with a bunch of different feelings.  We found our driver, Wandi, and he took us to our hotel. On the way to the hotel, I looked out the window and noticed how completely different Ethiopia was from the U.S.   I knew that I would not be able to explain to anyone what I was seeing; they would have to see it with their own eyes to understand. My cousin agreed, and right then and there I started videotaping almost everything I saw in Ethiopia.

Seeds of Africa and UNICEF

My cousin and I decided that it would be important to interview specific employees at each organization we visited so that people could really understand what they were trying to do.  Seeds of Africa and UNICEF were two organizations that we thought were important for people to learn about. The children at Seeds were so heartwarming, yet they had so little.  We wanted people to see this because here in the U.S. and in other places around the world, we are so caught up in materialistic things. In reality, materialistic things are not what make people happy.  These children did not even have food to eat or proper shelter.  Those things are important, and even though they did not have those things, they were still the nicest children I have ever met.  They were happy with what they had, and people had to see that. We visited Black Lion Hospital, which was part of UNICEF, and without seeing with your own eyes the poverty that exists, you would not understand.  My cousin and I took pictures of everything we saw there, including three little babies in one incubator.  No baby should have to live like that.   We wanted people to see that these things are real, and across the world people really don’t have so many things that we take for granted.

Our Message

The main purpose of our documentary was to get people interested in what is going on outside of their comfort zones.  We want people to get involved! My trip to Ethiopia opened my eyes to how lucky I am, and I want the documentary to do the same for someone else.  I don’t take anything for granted now, and I realize what really matters in life.  People across the world are suffering, and they need our help.  I hope when people watch the documentary, it will truly open their eyes to a whole new world.

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