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U.S. Ambassador Donald E. Booth Travels to Hawassa

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Ambassador Donald E. Booth visited Hawassa and participated in the third annual Great Ethiopian Run “Every One Race”.

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Ambassador Booth (right), USAID Director Staal (left) at Every One Race Start Line

Hawassa, April 29, 2011: U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth visited Hawassa from April 29 to May 1 to participate in the third annual Great Ethiopian Run “Every One Race”, to highlight the 50th annivrsaires of USAID and Peace Corps, and to focus attention on U.S. contributions to reducing maternal and child mortality in Ethiopia. Ambassador Booth will be accompanied by Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ethiopia Thomas Staal, Associate Peace Corps Director Heywot Kidane-Mariam, and other officials from the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa.

During his first visit to the region, Ambassador Booth will pay a call on the President of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) Ato Shiferaw Shigutie. He will also have the opportunity to meet with the President and faculty of Hawassa University and interact with a group of local farmers on challenges and opportunities they face.

The Ambassador will visit the USAID Integrated Family Health Program at Leku Health Center in Shebedino Health District, the USAID Urban Garden program in Hawassa that teaches gardening skills to students and HIV/AIDs affected adults, and two sites which have received funding from the U.S. Embassy Small Projects Office, the Hawassa Children’s Center and Concern for the Environment a local mirt cook stove initiative.