A chance meeting with a Dutch man and woman 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 of 2019.
Fikir, or ‘Six Fingers’, (due to a sixth digit), held everyone of ‘Light of Trinity Church’, in awe, that day. With his enthusiasm, exceptional speaking skills, and knowledge of Ethiopian history. The youngster, later returning to Lalibela with myself as chaperon, two days of meeting him.
The talented fellow, loved by many, tragically never saw completion of the lodge, now bearing his name. Fikir Getahun Besabih, sadly passed from us, in October of 2011.
Abebe Getahun, his younger brother, completed the lodge for Fikir, to help replace the grinding poverty, and hopelessness, of so many Lalibela families.
We are hopeful, that the kindness, and sensitivity, shown by this remarkable young man, will be a source of inspiration for his friends, his admirers, and people of Lalibela.