• Gech Tekeba, After School Club Manager

The Kosoye Mountain Adventure

The trip started from the After School Club, with about 50 children and two mini-buses, bright and early at 9AM. The kids were really excited because they have never been to the Kosoye Mountains before. The students were singing traditional songs in the buses until they reached their destination. Unfortunately, the weather was cloudy but that didn’t put a damper on the spirits of the students. The ride was approximately 40 minutes, and we made a stop at the Falasha village on our way. At this stop, a long time ago, the Israeli people lived there. I explained about the story of the village.

We continued to the Kosoye Mountains, and arrived around 10 AM and met our guide. The mountains were covered by the clouds. During our trek, our guide explained the history of the mountains and rivers that the kids saw. Everyone was quite excited and took notes using the pencil and paper they were given. We also saw some baboons, who made a hasty retreat from our large party.

We stopped for lunch and to have our Shabbat celebration at midday in the middle of these beautiful mountains. We lit the candles, sang Shabbat songs, and discussed all the mountain sights that the kids saw on their trek. Afterwards, we engaged in traditional dancing using my ipod as the sound system.

I will never forget this this time. Everyone was very happy.

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