The Common Good

Fowler woman's trip to Ethiopia sparks desire to make a difference

Date: November 25, 2012

The ONE delegation, traveling from Oct. 5-14, included a dozen women living and writing in the United States, England and France.

Besides Prichard, they included fashion model Maya Haile Samuelsson; cookbook author Alice Currah and Cathleen Falsani, Web editor for the social justice-focused Sojourners magazine. The trip’s goal: spread awareness of extreme poverty and preventable diseases, promoting education, engagement and activism.

While in Ethiopia, the delegation, based in the capital city of Addis Ababa, visited hospitals and schools and learned about farming and food. Some of what they learned was difficult to hear, Prichard said, especially in regard to women.

“The women’s rights issues were very shocking to me,” she said.