A meeting with two Dutch travellers in Gonder Ethiopia in the 1990’s, and their companion 12-year-old Fikir Getahun of Lalibela, ended with the opening of Fikir and Ray Lodge in October 2018. [Fikir’s photo on the left, followed by scenes during various stages of construction]
‘Six Fingers’, named for his sixth digit, held everyone of ‘Light of Trinity Church’ in awe the day of our first meeting. By his unabashed enthusiasm, exceptional speaking skills, and knowledge of Ethiopian history. The youngster later returning to Lalibela with myself as chaperon.
Fikir, loved by many, tragically never saw completion of the lodge now bearing his name. Fikir Getahun Besabih, sadly passed from us in October 2011.
Abebe Getahun completed the lodge for his older brother, to help replace the hopelessness of so many Lalibela families.
We are hopeful the kindness and sensitivity, shown by this remarkable young man, becomes a source of inspiration for his friends, admirers, and people of Lalibela.