Thursday, February 11, 2010


A little update from Ethiopia

So a few of you know the story of how Pick a Pocket was founded and why. Well, the story starts with a man named Solomon.

I met Solomon in the Mother Teresa home in Addis Ababa last year. He was so frail and fragile those few days we went to see him, but each time we went back I could see his face light up a little more. He has been in and out of the home for a few months. He is still weak due to his HIV, but just went through some miraculous healing after taking a fall and spending the night in the hospital.

He has requested only a few things: a coat, new sneakers, and a radio. Yesterday my friend Taylor brought a new radio to him as a surprise. It warms my heart so much to here how such a simple thing can brighten up someones day so much. Especially after all that he has been through.

Because of his illness Solomon as has trouble walking so the team is now in the process of finding him a wheelchair. They are also helping Solomon find comfort in his new home. We've secured him a place with a small church in Addis with his friend from the street to accompany and take care of him. I cannot wait to someday go back and see Solomon again in his new home. i cannot describe the commitment Liz, Taylor, Nathan, and a few others have made to make this one mans life so much better. They are all such an inspiration to me.

I hope someday we can all find our own Solomon, and get the chance to change someone else's life :)

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