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He Visited One Of The World's Oldest Cultures And Came Away With These

He made a 370-mile,26-day trek through a place where there are no roads. Take alook as he shares some of what he saw.

He Visited One Of The World's Oldest Cultures And Came Away With These

A priest reading at one of Ethiopia's oldest churches in Lalibela, said to date in its current form from 1187.


A young boy in Ethiopia's Semian Mountains seeks the shade of a rare tree under which to read.

The "big drama" of the Simien mountain landscape made the photographer think of Genesis.

A woman takes an early morning walk to the rock church of Asheton Maryam. The church is carved into a cliff at over 13,000 feet above sea level.

Children share a meal spread out on the traditional Ethiopian bread, injera.

A farmer and bread-maker at work in her hut. Don't miss the chicken on the shelf.

Taking in the view on the way to church.

Mules carry food for the nearly monthlong trek into the mountains, still some five days' walk away.

The caravan of people, food, and supplies walked some 370 miles over 26 days from Lalibela, Ethiopia, into the Simien Mountains.

Talking with this woman was like "a visit to the library."

Traveling through this part of Africa, one walks the same trade paths as people did 3,000 years ago.

In the northern Simien mountains.

Making baskets and protecting ripening grain from the birds.

A young shepherd watches over his goats.

Photographer Mario Gerth has created postcard set of his images along with replicas of crosses made in the region.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.