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    Welcome to the Fellows' Blog

    Every other week from September through February meet us back here to find a new post by our 2017-2018 cohort of Ethiopian Diaspora Fellows.

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    Saba Alemnew

    Saba holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a minor in Communications from the University of California, Davis. Upon graduation, she joined Triage Consulting Group as a Consultant providing reimbursement review services for some of the largest health systems in the United States.

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    Maceda Alemu

    Maceda Afework Alemu graduated from Dartmouth College in June 2014. At Dartmouth, she majored in Geography with a focus on International Development, minored in International Relations and completed a certificate in Global Health Studies. After graduation, she served as a Program Coordinator with the Center for Health Equity at the Geisel School of Medicine.

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    Meron Begashaw

    Meron Begashaw is a recent graduate of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health - she graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Health. Prior to and during graduate school, Meron held a number of health-related positions, including program assistant at The California Wellness Foundation working in women's health and diversity in the health professions and an intern at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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    Eden Mekonen

    Eden Mekonen graduated from Occidental College where she majored in Critical Theory and Social Justice and minored in Interdisciplinary Writing. While at Occidental, Eden became passionate about equitable, multicultural education and diverse representations of underrepresented groups, through community-based learning classes where she applied identity-based theoretical frameworks to community social issues. She is interested in participating in the capacity building of programs and activities, and believes this allows for sustainability as opposed to dependency.

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Coming to Ethiopia

By Bethlehem Mesfin

Many of us grow up in households that ingrain this idea of the stable life – getting a job, then marriage, and finally, a family. The End. It wasn’t until my trip to Ethiopia in November of last year, that I realized I needed something different to happen in my life. As I boarded the plane to return to the States, I had a strange feeling that I would be returning very soon. It freaked me out. My only other experiences with the country had either been for the burial of my mother or the illness of her mother.

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Addis Perceptions

By Aster Mengesha Gubay

 
It’s a Thursday. I wake up to the sounds of neighborhood roosters (my new alarm clock), gather my things, and proceed to my morning stroll through our top view neighborhood to catch a ride to work. All the while, ignoring stares at my fire red rain boots and smiling to myself because I couldn’t believe I was really back in Ethiopia.

In a span of thirty minutes my smile disappeared, I had accidentally stepped in a big puddle of chika (mud), and gotten into a “friendly” argument with my taxi driver. He couldn’t understand why I left America for Ethiopia – apparently saying I wanted to serve my country was not a fitting answer. Then, I slipped on the front steps of my office building with everyone around me reaching out and yelling “ayezosh!”

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The Hero’s Journey

By Tewodros Asfaw

Bole, Addis Ababa

There was one resolution that I held for 2015. I didn’t know how I would make it happen, when it would happen, or how long I would stay, but I knew I had to go to Ethiopia. After more than a decade of being away, I just knew I had to go back. Life was calling me home. With the start of a new year, I opened my heart to welcome new possibilities in my life and to embrace what came my way with no resistance.

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