Holt and OSU in Ethiopia; A Photo Essay

In June, 13 Oregon State University (OSU) student-athletes* and two adoptive parents traveled to Ethiopia to build houses for families in Holt’s family preservation program. Last week, the students flew home. Many of them got emotional as they left the village where they had spent the previous six days, constructing homes of mud and straw and bonding with their teammates, the local carpenters and the community. Many of them also say they feel changed by the experience — changed in their outlook on life, their view of developing countries, and for some, maybe even their chosen career paths. 

While in Ethiopia, Stephanie McGregor — an OSU gymnast and all around awesome young woman — documented the trip for the NCAA’s “global perspectives” blog.  Due to limited internet access, Stephanie could not post her blogs until returning to the U.S. earlier this week. Click here to read her blogs on the NCAA website.

Also watch for the summer Holt magazine, which will feature stories and photos from the trip. Here is a preview:

To read more about the OSU-Holt partnership and journey to Ethiopia, click here, here and here.

*The students traveled through the Beavers Without Borders, an organization that gives OSU athletes the opportunity to visit developing countries and help families in need. 

5 Replies to “Holt and OSU in Ethiopia; A Photo Essay”

  1. Very touching photos. Makes me extra proud to be a Beaver when I see this kind of work being done. Work that lifts peope up and offers hope. Work that is a gift from the heart.

    Thanks for giving yourselves.

  2. Love the pictures. So proud to be a Beaver and see the students doing such wonderful things for others.

  3. I must say that I have truly enjoyed the pictures a-lot and reading this blog. All of the students have represented their universities pretty well.
    Thank you so very much for doing what we are unable to do.
    We couldn’t be any prouder of our student athletes.
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  4. Love it! I love this country and it’s people. Spent a month there building a hospital and it was amazing. Keep up God’s work.

  5. The pictures are beautiful. I’m a graduate beaver and my husband and I are in the process of adopting four siblings from Ethiopia! Thanks to the OSU athletes for their heartfelt work and contribution. We will be in Ethiopia in a couple months.

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