|While the building is plain on the outside, its impact |
to the community is enormous!
|I love the home-like feel of Bete.|
Although the building is a little plain without any signage on the outside, I quickly found that the real jewel was inside the building with the Director and staff. This facility is a huge asset to the community in that it offers many services to immigrants, refugees, and those seeking to learn more about the Ethiopian culture...like me!
Our class is really small...about 6 of us which is fantastic! I think I'm the only one that is not Ethiopian. The instructor was a little nervous and struggled a little but it was totally fine because this language program is a pilot program. I realized that by the end of the class, I'll probably need to add in some additional resources and use the class for structure and lots of conversation practice....so worth it!!!
We spent much of our time this past Saturday going through the Fidel (Ethiopian alphabet). I came home and found this video which will serve as my practice this week.
BTW: I also purchased this cd/book set from another adoptive mom who creates conversational books/cds for families adopting internationally. Check her out here: http://www.adoptlanguage.com/Amharic.htm
So hey...pray for me y'all! This is going to be a challenge but preserving Selah's culture is so worth it!