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Running with the Ethiopians

What is like to run in Ethiopia the home of long distance running? For a start there are hundreds of runners all criss-crossing through the trees at 7am or even much earlier. Every one of these athletes believes they can…

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Meet the New Yaya Girls!

After interviewing finishers from our recent cross-country race we are excited to introduce the new Yaya Girls. They have now been at Yaya a month and are settling in really well. They have been learning English, taking part in the…

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A Runner’s Paradise at Yaya

I have now been at the Yaya Girls for over a month after spending three weeks traveling around Ethiopia. It was great to explore Ethiopia before coming to the Yaya Girls as it gave me the opportunity to find out…

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Yaya Girls Cross Country Race

The Yaya Girls Cross Country race that was held a few weeks ago, (5th April) was a success with 100 participants, mostly athletes, showing up for the event. The race was ran over 5km starting and finishing on the Yaya…

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Goodbye to the latest Yaya Girls!

Last week we sent the Yaya Girls off after five months in the Program with their graduation certificates, words of encouragement, materials for their new mushroom farm and their final salary for a months work in the Yaya Village Hotel….

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Timkat: The Ethiopian Epiphany

(L to R: Hana, Hannah, and Workinesh L.) After 2 weeks of vacation the Yaya Girls are back! However, they got an extra day on Monday to celebrate an enormous holiday called “Timkat” – the Ethiopian Epiphany. Timkat is the…

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Meet The Yaya Girls: Workinesh D.

(L to R: Workinesh, Hana, Mesert) Born: Gondar, Ethiopia Lives: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Languages: Amharic Event: 1500m/3k Track or XC:  Track Brothers/Sisters: 4 brothers, 3 sisters Running Story: “I started running in elementary school but stopped when I had an…

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