“You brightened my darkened life and cured me from unthinkable injury.” These are the words of Banchiw Ashagre when talking about oura trusted Ethiopiaid maternal health partner, the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa. Generously funded by you, their care empowered Banchiw with hope for a brighter future.
Ever since I first encountered the heartbreaking reality of fistula injuries for young women in Ethiopia, I have been working hard to try and bring about an end to their suffering by providing life changing treatment so that - one day - we can eradicate this terrible injury.
Sindayo is 29 years old. The labour of Sindayo’s first child was long and complicated – while in hospital Sindayo received the devastating news that her baby was stillborn and was later diagnosed with obstetric fistula – a result of enduring such a protracted labour.
Thanks to your support, AWSAD have been able to help 19 young girls (studying in primary, secondary, and higher education) with costs to keep them in school. These girls had previously been unable to attend because of familial pressures and violence. This support is crucial to allow young survivors to continue their education and develop their self-confidence.
Mayram had been circumcised in the first 10 days of life - a single, destructive act that wrecked her tiny body and opened her father’s eyes to the horror of female genital mutilation (FGM). For the first two years of Mayram’s life, her father, Muusa, fought to keep his daughter alive by regularly squeezing her bladder to relieve her.
We have 46 rescued ‘mingi’ children within our love and care receiving the benefits of this grant. There are 65,000 people in the Omo Valley who are indirectly benefitting from the work of Omo Child, through outreach in the tribes that attempts to end mingi, and by saving and caring for many children from this region.
Dignity Period works with young women in the Tigray region of Ethiopia providing them with reusable sanitary products. With the help and support of Dignity Period, girls in Tigray can manage their periods with confidence, allowing them to focus on their education.
Ayantu Belay is a 22 year old student at Hope College. She is enrolled on the IT course and loves coding. Thanks to the support she received from Hope College she will be graduating with her friends later this year.
Tirualem and Hawi are two young students, the girls were struggling to keep up with their studies due to severe hunger. Thanks to a new school feeding programme, Tirualem and Hawi are able to enjoy their classes with the other children.
Whilst playing with friends outside his village compound Abel was attacked by a hyena, the ordeal left Abel with life threatening injuries, but amazingly he managed to pull through. Thanks to volunteer surgeons visiting Ethiopia, Abel underwent cutting edge reconstructive surgery, giving him a chance for a bright future.
Dolek was just two when the Noma infection began to eat away at his face. Had his family been able to afford the journey, they would have taken him to hospital then. But that simply wasn’t an option, so the infection spread and spread.
After notcing a swelling around Sumaya's nose her father took her to see a doctor. The swelling grew rapidly and was later found to be a rare form of benign tumour. Thankfully Sumaya's case was brought to the attention of Facing Africa, who were able to operate on Sumaya.
Asegedch has been supported by DEWADA for eighteen years; she said her life before DEWADA stepped in to help was incredibly tough. She had previously worked as a domestic servant, but had to leave due to illness. This meant she was left with little to no money to support her family.
Aslefch is 90 years old, and has been with our partner the Destitute Elders Welfare and Development Association (DEWADA) for over 15 years. Unfortunately, both her husband and son have died and she has felt very sad living her life without them. She had little means to support herself and felt desperately alone
Ebise and Mergitu were both born with clubfoot on both legs. Gemeda was born with only one leg deformity. When their first child Ebise was born with club foot, Nemomsa and Jije took her to the nearest hospital for treatment. Cheshire Service’s outreach teams were introduced to the siblings when they attended their local outreach centre.