Our time with Pascal
We spent a wonderful afternoon talking, laughing and learning with Pascal, his lovely wife who he affectionately calls Poupee (doll in French) and his partner at Greening Ethiopia, Bahrnegash Bellete. We learned that it is never too late to relax into your soul's calling.
The June Lite team had the pleasure and honor of interviewing the man responsible for planting over 30 Million trees in Ethiopia. His name is Pascal Woldemariam and being an agronomist was just the beginning of his illustrious career as a champion of reforestation for a country he has the deepest love and respect for - Ethiopia.
We were invited into his home in Addis Abeba and were welcomed by the warmth and grace of his beautiful wife he affectionately calls “Poupée” which means doll in French. In the 4 hours we spent with them, we learned of their love for a country that has seen it’s share of strife. The beauty here is, despite the difficult times he was well aware of, he retained hope in his heart. This hope has manifested into powerful changes that he has spearheaded.
He knew retirement in Ethiopia would be ideal, but he also knew “retirement” meant he would be active in another way. That other way came when he noticed the severity of the deforestation in Ethiopia. From that realization came the wonderful ideal of reforestation - Greening Ethiopia was born.
For these reasons and more, we have chosen Pascal Woldemariam as our first June Lite Hero. He is a person who has used his gifts to contribute to the wealth of mother nature. He is a leader that has moved people into becoming part of the grand picture of reforestation. Women and men have been empowered, taught and motivated. We are grateful for you Pascal, “Thank You” for sharing in your calling with us all!