Kim Bouldin-Jones


Kim Bouldin-Jones

I haven't blog in years, but I have not stopped traveling! Along with Africa, I have been to South America, Central America and Europe, since I have last blogged. But I am really going to try to blog this next trip because it is special. Heading back to Ethiopia to work on my hospital project with my little non-profit, Medical Facility Aid. I started this non-profit to provide infrastructure support for little poor rural hospitals in the developing world. This trip is to document my project and to help provide good basic care to some of the poorest people in the world.

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa July 3rd 2009

Just some observations... Traveling on the other side of the world shows you how things can be so different then what we are use too and also shows you how many things are exactly the same. These are just a few observations that I found interesting. Bottles… glass returnable bottles that some of us remember from our youth. (You actually need a bottle opener to open them). They are totally recyclable and they do not litter the streets since you get money back on each bottle. Why did we change that system here in the developed world? It just seems to be more earth friendly to reuse the bottles over and over then for plastic bottles and cans end up in a land fills somewhere??? Just worth noting! Water in the hotel in Africa was the ... read more
Loving our kids
Love and the Babies
Wishing we could take their pain!

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa June 29th 2009

Black Lion The largest hospital in all of Ethiopia is Black Lion. I again was granted unlimited access to video and photograph the conditions of this public facility. Black Lion is the last referral hospital in Ethiopia, if your illness requires more care then what they can offer, the next place you will go is Nairobi, Kenya and from there to South Africa. This hospital sees approximately 370,000- 400,000 patients a year but the exact number is not known. They have 800 beds, with 130 specialists, 50 non-teaching doctors. This is the largest teaching hospital for the University of Addis Medical School in Ethiopia, so there are about 350 Residents and 600 Interns. The emergency department sees around 80,000 patients a year and they just started a new trauma unit in the recent months. This hospital ... read more
Mold Everywhere
Mold all over the ceilings and walls
Scrape Metal

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region June 27th 2009

The Rural Areas Traveling to the rural area was literally a step back in time. It is a simple, difficult and fulfilling life people lead. Women, men and children spends their days pretty much the same everyday. They get up and go early to gathering water for the day to tend to their farm, animals and families. The earlier you get to the watering hole the less muddy it is from everyone else who goes there. Sometimes this walk might be 2 hours each way, returning with heavy containers of water. So it was 5:30am and the roads are full of people herding their animals, gathering water and wood and walking sometimes a half of day to the nearest village to get a few items. They walk and walk, most times carrying things on their backs ... read more
Making Thread
Old Men
The Village

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region June 25th 2009

Here are some photos I took while I was in the rural areas of Ethiopia. Click on them to make them larger for the full affect.... read more
The village early in the morning
Water hole
Taking a rest

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Bahir Dar June 24th 2009

Where do I begin? There is so much to tell; I don’t know where to start. We arrived in Bahir Dar and almost immediately went to Feledge Hiwot Regional Hospital where the CEO of the hospital along with a doctor from Spain who is working on the sewage project and my friend Charlie who is assigned here from the Clinton Foundation met us with open arms. Nolawi, my filmmaker with camera in tow was well prepared to film the conditions of the hospital. He is Ethiopian and he has said he knows how poor his country is and wants to help in anyway. So after a relaxing Ambo (mineral water) under a large 100-year-old shade tree, our 3 and half hour tour began. Words and even pictures and even video can not describe what we saw. ... read more
Mom and Child
Mom and Toddler
Unusable Bathroom

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Bahir Dar June 24th 2009

Charlie and Dee… The best way I can describe my first face to face meeting with Charlie was a white man in a sea of Ethiopian faces who spots me with my bags in tow at the hospital and runs up and hugs me like a long lost favorite uncle would. His smile was warm and his hug was deep. I know in that instant, he was a man I was proud to know. He couldn’t have helped more in my visit to Bahir Dar and it’s health facilities. He even invited me via email to stay in his home with his wife Dee during my stay here. And I did and what a great decision that was. Dee greeted me with a giant hug and bright smile and just welcomed me into her house like ... read more
Charlie and Dee's compound
The painted door
The house

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Bahir Dar June 24th 2009

I love the Bahir Dar area. I love it. But it is so sad because it's citizens deserve more. The city by the lake is a mixed blend of new and old, with condos and huts within the same area of town. Just walking the streets you get a sense of all these time periods colliding into one. There is so much I could write and I have volumes of photo's of the rural areas, the hospitals and Bahir Dar. But for now here are some photo's until I can condense the information into a non-novel form. I am a bit overwhelmed with the work that has to be done there and the best way to move forward. Stay Tuned!... read more
During an event at the stadium
A Home
Bikes, walkers, truck, taxis, etc...

Africa » Ethiopia » Amhara Region » Bahir Dar June 19th 2009

Up very early or late, I couldn't sleep with the upcoming trip tomorrow actually today. This is very windy night and I lay in bed wondering about the little subdivision next door to the hotel and what it must be like inside a press metal house with strong winds that roar like lions half the night. I am sure they are use to it but I know in my own strong house my kids coming running and jump right into bed to be protected from the angry roar beyond their windows. So what does a small child here whose entire house is the size of a room and made of tin think when winds began to howl. And as the parent protector, do they fear that one-day that lion will roar enough to pick the roof ... read more
Think of this house on a windy night.

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa June 19th 2009

I must write this quickly since I am to be downstairs to head to the airport 4am. First today was a happy day at the hotel; American couples just arrived back from meeting their children for the first time, which they are adopting. Many happy expected parents walked the lobby, with joy on their faces. Most of these couples I talked to were adopting older children between 4 and 6. Those are the hardest to place and the shortest wait times. Babies have long waiting list, so many choose to bring an older child. They all talk about meeting their children for the first times and how they had prepared for the worst but how the agency prepares the children well for their new parent and it was all JOY! I think I shocked them when ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa June 18th 2009

Today is June 11 here, 2001… yes that is right 2001. The Ethiopia calendar has 13 months and all the months have 30 days except a short month that has 5 or 6… Yes confusing. Tonight I went to dinner with my very good friend here that helped me start on this quest to save the world. So I blame him for all these pie eyed ideas, I have. Anyway he “tried” to explain the Ethiopian calendar and time to me. It still is completely over my head. All I know is that I am 8 years younger here, which I like! :) But what is nice, Ethiopians know they cannot confuse the rest of the world; so when you meet them at 5pm on the 18th, they show up even through it might be 1:15pm ... read more
Water in a hospital??
Sink with no faucet

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