Heather Omlid – Heather’s Ethiopian Adventure – Ethiopia 1

Saturday November 17 2007

I thought I’d send a farewell email from Addis.  We had a good last day of surgery.  We only did 16 which felt like nothing compared to our previous work days. After work we had to tear down and pack everything.  We had our team party last night. We got t-shirts and patches that say World Journey of Smiles.  The party was nice to say goodbye to everyone.  The food was catered by our hotel so it was bad.  My flight isn’t until 10pm tonight (Saturday) so I packed this morning. Then a few people and I went to a place called Hope Enterprises to donate the left over toys.  Hope provides school for the street children and hanicapped children who are not accepted at the regular schools.  They also have a cool program where you can purchase meal coupons for about 0.50 each to handout to the homeless people. They come up to the car window when you are parked at a stop light.  It’s nice to have something to give them.  Then we came over to the Hilton and had lunch by the pool.  I had chicken nuggets.  They were sort of normal.  I can’t wait to eat American food!  I’m so glad that I came to Addis to be a part of World Journey of Smiles.  Total across the world there has been oever 4000 surgeries by Operation Smile volunteers this week.  I’m honored to have been a part of such a cool program.  But I am so happy to be getting on the airplane to night!  See you all when I return to the US!  Thanks again for all of your support and prayers!


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Comments for heather_omlid:you have 6 comments

Katie Shields
Heather, I am so proud of our little girl. YOU are amazing. I look forward to hearing all your amazing stories. Congrats for being so brave. Katie

19 Nov 2007
Ann Hagensen
Welcome home Heather! Looking forward to hearing all about it.

17 Nov 2007
Latte Lori
WOW!! Sounds fascinating. Hows the coffee? J K

14 Nov 2007
Ann Hagensen
Hi Heather! It looks like you are having a terrific time and your contibutions countless! God is indeed working in you and through you as He so faithful does. I am back to work Monday, a bit worn out but doing fine! It was a much harder experience for me than for my brother. He did awesome, not one reaction! His discharge comments to the doctors on morning rounds was “are you sure you did anything to me?!!!” God is working mircles indeed. Keep up the great work! We are thinking and praying for you each day. Ann

13 Nov 2007
Heather, very cool! so proud of you, sounds like they appreciate your talents as a Child Life Specialist. Hang in there! Val

13 Nov 2007
Heather, I am so excited for you good luck. I will be thinking and praying for an amazing experience

05 Nov 2007
18 Oct 2011 – start of travelblog

posted Saturday November 2007