I hate to complain, but some days I just wish things would go my way here in Ethiopia. I just found out today that my counterpart, the director of my school, was fired. A counterpart is the person who is supposed to work with you and help you get things done, because it is next to impossible to accomplish things completely by yourself. I was already on my second counterpart, and now he’s gone.
Unfortunately, him getting fired isn’t even the worst of it. I had a regional training last week, which I invited him to. He came, planned projects with me, and made all sorts of promises about seeing these things through when we got back to Woreta. Little did I know he had been fired BEFORE the training. Which means that he came and lied straight to my face for two days straight.
I can handle getting spit on by a random stranger or punched while walking in the market. Those people don’t know me. They don’t know why I’m here, and chances are they’re a little crazy. But for someone who I had worked with for the past 6 months at my school to do this to me is just entirely disheartening.
After my training I was excited. I had so many project ideas and things to get done. Now, I’m back in town and still want to accomplish these things, but I have no one to help me. I’m at a loss and it doesn’t matter how many times the teachers at my school tell me “izosh” (stay strong), I’m just not sure I can pick myself up this time. It has been battle after battle in Woreta. First it was being homeless for three months, then it was dealing with the incessant harassment that is inevitable when living in a truck stop, then it’s the unmotivated teachers at my school. And now, the one person who had actually helped get some small things done at my school has completely let me down.
I’m sorry to be a negative nancy, that’s not who I am. I always say that you can’t let things that are out of your control bother you. But, some days Ethiopia just shits on you, and today is just one of those days. I know things will get better, and I’m not giving up on Ethiopia. But today, Ethiopia beat me.