Meet one of our children:
The eldest girl of 4 siblings, was aged 10 when we first met her. Her father a school teacher had died in 1999 and then tragically, her 32-year old mother had died a year later. With wisdom and maturity far beyond her years, She had done her best to hold her totally traumatized younger siblings together. Hard and hungry months followed. Her sisters were then aged 7 and 3 and her brother was 5.
When we established The Ethiopia Link and registered with the Charity Commission our first objective was to keep her family together and provide a home for them. Thanks to generous donations we raised enough money to set up and equip a suitable but small house in the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Today the young girl we first met 10 years ago is a trained nurse and working in a hospital in Ethiopia, her siblings are being looked after by experienced Ethiopian carers, employed by us. This support team were themselves orphaned as children! Other vulnerable children have joined this home, and so the family has grown.
How your money can help:
Here’s the problem:
- Ethiopia has a population of 88 million and over 50% are under 20 years of age.
- The country has been ravaged by famine and disease for decades and more recently the effect of war has brought further devastation, hardship and suffering.
- According to a joint report by UNICEF and the Government of Ethiopia, there are over 150,000 children living on the streets of Ethiopia. With the number of AIDS orphans rising nationally to over 800,000 the situation is getting worse.
- Ethiopia counts one of the largest populations of orphans in the world: 13 per cent of children throughout the country are missing one or both parents. This represents an estimated 4.6 million children.
The Ethiopia Link is giving at least some of these children the chance of a future by providing them with food, shelter, love, care an education and the chance to grow up in a family environment. It is not easy to decide which children have the greatest needs – quite simply they all have needs. We have established a close working relationship with Ethiopian welfare services who help us.
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