This summer the Mickel Atkinson family had the opportunity to go to Ethiopia to experience their girls’ birth country.
“When we brought our daughters home to Nelson three years ago we always planned to take them back,” says Tam Mickel. “It was important to us because it was not their choice to leave Ethiopia. It’s a part of who they are and we feel they should have the opportunity to know and experience it as they grow.”
After spending two and a half months travelling and immersing themselves in a culture that’s become so much a part of their Nelson lives, they’ve decided to share their experience by putting on a photo show presentation. Part proceeds will be donated to Vulnerable Children’s Society (vulnerablechildren.ca) which is an organization that helps children and families in Ethiopia.
“Though more people than ever need help right now due to the current drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is an amazing and diverse country, rich in ancient cultures and traditions,” says Mickel.
She has also published a book of photos and information about Ethiopia with part proceeds going to the same organization. The book can be viewed and purchased at blurb.com/my/book/detail/2529030 .
The show will be held at L.V. Rogers fine arts theatre this Saturday. Ethiopian fair trade items, door prizes and more will be available. Tickets are $10 and are available at Nasmyth, Morrow & Bogusz law office at 465 Ward Street or at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited.
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