One of the people that I met on the #ONEMums trip to Ethiopia was the amazing Karen, who blogs at Chookooloonks. The site is hard to spell but beautiful to see. Karen had been on a previous #ONEMums trip and was the official photographer for our trip, so when we wanted to put down the camera or the phone and just concentrate on the stories of the people we were meeting, we could.
Karen’s involved in seemingly 101 projects, but her core message is that everyone is beautiful and we should all find the beauty inside ourselves.
It’s something I saw a lot of in Ethiopia. I was there with ONE, the campaigning organisation founded by Bono, to see the differences that our foreign aid actually makes on the ground with people who need it.
We met women and children who were struggling to get enough to eat, to educate themselves, and to keep their families together. But through it all they were smiling and energetic. You could sit in a mud hut alongside some sheep and a meagre cooking area and feel joy. (Go to our #ONEMums Pinterest board to see some of the gorgeous folks we met.)
Also, check out this video Karen made: one of the few videos of gorgeous women that actually makes you feel good about yourself. You can see the original on the Upworthy site.