The Hope Experience Ethiopia, Day 3: Talk with Dr. Nancy O’Reilly

Editor’s Note: Post written by Robert Henley, general manager of University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

Today was our last day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I sat down to speak with Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, who also was on this trip, about her experience. Below are her responses.

What were your expectations of this trip?

Matching up with what I already am doing. Women are connected no matter where you are.

Do you see Springfield helping with empowering wome?

It’s happening all over the foundation I have, Women Connect for Good. Women all over the country and nation are already doing it. It’s about women helping and supporting one another. It’s a growing concern of women who really get it, who are about helping and supporting one another.

One take away you had from our visit – the biggest take away is – if you have a mission or a drive you’re not sure if it is right. This whole trip confirms I am on the right path. It is what I need to continue to do, there is no mistake why I am here and that I will continue to help women. We are all responsible for each other. Simple acts of kindness as Hal Donaldson, the founder of Convoy of Hope, mentioned today: If everyone has just one random act of kindness, humanity will grow and it’s never forgotten.

This trip to Ethiopia was amazing, to see where the women came from and where they are now after opening businesses with the help of Convoy. The since of pride and accomplishment could be seen on all of the women’s faces.

Goodnight, we will begin our journey home to Springfield tomorrow.




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