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Yesterday was our first day of volunteering, and we worked with an organization called Earth's Promise, an organization that strives to assist Ethiopian immigrants adjust to life in Israel, culturally and socially. One specific project they have is growing a community garden where Ethiopian families can grow various crops and vegetables to be used in their daily life. The purpose of this garden is to give something to the families who are new to the land of Israel, something that they can call their own. This also provides them with a certain comfort, by growing crops they are familiar with.
I was so impressed by this organization and their various projects, especially by the passion that encompassed everyone who worked there. Throughout spending the day there, it was obvious to see how the presence of this community garden brought people together, in the most positive ways. The fact that I can say that I was personally a part of this mission is extremely rewarding, and something that I will cherish forever.
Learning about his farm and the amounts of intensive work and effort he has to put in to maintain his crops was very interesting and I only wish him the best; he is a prime example of a dedicated farmer proving to the world that it really is possible to survive in the desert. After one of the most amazing lunches I've ever had, we headed back out on the road to our next destinations: the Ramon Crater, Ben Gurion's gravesite, and the city of Arad.
The Ramon Crater was absolutely breathtaking. It was my first time hiking along the path that lead to what is known as Earth's Window, and no picture could do justice to the beauty of this view. Layers, upon glorious, colorful layers of rock lay out across the horizon, never seeming to end. Besides the geographical beauty that lay beneath my feet, the Ramon Crater is special in the sense that it took me back to the time of our ancestors, who once roamed the same land. Before heading back to the kibbutz, we made a quick stop at Ben Gurion's grave, and again I was brought back to the time of our older generations; hearing about the first prime minister's dreams and hopes for Israel was touching, and I couldn't be more proud to be a part of his vision and watch it come to fruition.