Pre-departure

Hello Friends,

As many of you are aware, I will be in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for approximately the next 16 months (my flight leaves at 6 AM on Friday, May 23rd from Charlotte). I will be doing community development work for Cherokee Gives Back and the Center for Creative Leadership. I have no doubt that over the next 16 months I will learn and grow more than I would in possibly any other situation; I am so grateful for this. The months ahead will be exciting, challenging and extraordinarily educational. Thus, any support, advice and/ or expertise from readers is not only welcomed but much appreciated.

The intent of this blog is to keep readers up to date on the events, opportunities and challenges of the coming months. I hope you find the reading accurate, clear and occasionally interesting.

JTV
Lake Tillery, NC