Five Years

Hola Kristiina,

Five years passed since we last cheered together. Since we last felt the snow. Since we last planned. Since we last got our passports stamped.

Five years that have kept your vivid image in my retina.

Five years.


Stats & Dats

Hola Kristiina,

Another rainy season is hitting Addis, and for the reports, this one seems heavy. However, “dat” doesn´t mean Dani slows down his practice. He is involved and joyus, as usual. He plays and enjoys the company of the other children at Sele Enat. Please find excerpts from Tesfaye´s reports:
July 7th
I have collected Dani’s result from his special need school
of the half semester. He has attended after he had the operation.
His result shows it is very encouraging and progressing for his full
independence in the future. His teachers have documented his result like
this on his cad after 5 months continuous assessment (self care-60%,toilet training-75%,food training-95,sensory integration-90, physical exercise-95%,matching and tracing-98%,communication skills-95).

Regarding Physiotherapy treatment has been on training which will help
him in his independent walking like open exercises with different environment
challenges and stimulation.

Dani will have also appointment of his continuous follow up to Dr. Zenebe in the next week after four months; to see if possible to decrease the medication he is taking.

His plan is to order EEG (electroencephalogram) and if there are positive changes on
the reading to reduce and to follow.
July 22nd
Here everything is going well, except this rainy season that looks heavy.
Today although I have taken Dani to Christmas hospital for his continuous
follow up, I didn’t get Dr. Zenebe because he is out of the country and I had to take another appointment for July 26.
Otherwise Dani is doing fine and he has kept practicing his exercises regularly.
Sele Enat organisation have passed great thanks for you and for those who have been involved for the support of Dani as well.

Happy Birthday

Hola Pupu,

It is your birthday again, and I’m so glad to present you our humble gifts.

Dani is doing good. He is taken out to socialize once in a while, meet people and have good times in shops or restaurants. He is thrilled about it.

I am on my way to Santiago, and yourself and Aleksandra are by my side.




El Muru peregrino.

July 6th, 2014

Hola Kristiina,

Today is a special day for all of us and while we think about you I would like to express the positive moments we are experiencing:


Dani is calling me?


Go Dani, go!






Dani is doing good. His remarkable good mood has not varied since the last time we talked. He has recently gone through a series of epilepsy attacks that were heftier than normal, but he has been treated and the last two weeks became stable. His seventeen hours of extra physiotherapy with Tesfaye on June have been assessed as responsive and overall positive. This has led to explore the possibility to provide orthopaedic aid, to which we will commit.

The North has been extraordinary. Manamansalo was not only the peaceful retreat you described, but a delight for the senses where life turned around nature, coexistence, sauna, and the lake, a revitalizing presence that was challenging to bring to an end. Karhunkierros presented me a natural diversity on the go that left me speechless in uncountable moments. Northern Ostrobothnia displayed landscapes, people, and animals that were beautiful, hospitable, and gracious.


Kitkajoki river at Karhunkierros trail




Nilla, the gorgeous Lapponian Herder


Around Merenoja, in Karhunkierros trail











Finally, Pupunen, we are celebrating your birthday today and will blow the candle on the cake, imagining that Aleksandra and yourself are likewise doing it.


Happy birthday, Kristiina

Happy birthday!


Happy birthday!