A Helping Hand: Senior Travels to Ethiopia to Spread the Joy of Art

Senior Beth Mohammed and members of her non-profit organization, S.H.A.L.O.M., Sharing the Healing of Art and Love Onto Mankind, spent 22 days over Winter Break in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Abeba, teaching less fortunate children art.
“We basically worked with a few other non-profits teaching kids visual art, music theater etc.” Mohammed said. “We also brought clothes from the US, so we handed them out.”
S.H.A.L.O.M. is a non-profit organization aimed at traveling the world, teaching children that are dealing with poverty, disease and other tough circumstances ways to cope and deal with art. With the majority of the time spent in Ethiopia, S.H.A.L.O.M. worked with five other non-profit organizations, mainly Youth for Christ, Peter’s Drop Center, the Mother Teresa Orphanage and a soccer group.
“We bought the boys from the soccer group brand new jerseys and shoes,” Mohammed said. “We also hosted their first ever American Christmas. We brought them food and drinks, sang songs and performed a quick skit.”
When working with the Mother Teresa Orphanage, S.H.A.L.O.M. members played with children who are AIDS patients.
“Playing with them was funny because at first we were all careful, like they were glass dolls or something, but then you realize they are normal kids,” Mohammed said. “It was crazy to see them act as if there was nothing wrong in the world even though they have such an awful disease.”
Mohammed and the S.H.A.L.O.M. members made an impact on different groups of people while working in Addis Abeba and plan to return.

Photo Credit to Beth Mohammed