Name: Zewdnesh Welde
Zewdnesh is 45 years old and a single mom. She has one daughter who doesn’t live with her, but she supports her in college. Zewdnesh has worked as house maid and as cleaner. She currently suffers from a variety of health problems including a uterus infection, extreme back ache and leg pain, as well as a skin allergy. She is not currently working because of her leg pain.
Name: Fosea Shamel
Story: Fosea is 28 years old and was recently hospitalized to remove kidney stones, and was able to utilize the ministry’s medical fund through sponsorship to cover all of her hospital bills. She lives in the Chirkos community with her sweet daughter, Hayat. Hayat’s father, Mustefa, does not live with the family, but he comes to visit her occasionally. Hayat is too young for school, but enjoys playing with friends and her mom!
Name: Tsehay Tenkir
Story: Tsehay Tenkir is 30 years old. She sells boiled potato along the roadside and washes clothes when she gets the opportunity. Tsehay often gets sick because of TB related sickness. Her husband Shemsu Awol works as a day laborer. They have two children Abdul Hafith Shemsu who is in grade one and Marian Shemsu who is 2 years old. They do not make enough to cover food, clothing and rent. They often have to choose between having enough food and paying their rent. Sponsorship would allow them to afford food and rent and their children would have the opportunity to attend government school.
Story: Wossen is a middle aged woman who spent her life working as a housemaid. She cleaned, washed clothing, and cooked for various families as well as the guest house until recently when she became very ill. Wossen first became sick 2 years ago and has visited the hospital several times. Doctors have told her she has very weak immune system and she was diagnosed with a uterus infection and diabetes after losing almost 30lb in a short period of time. Wossen is raising her 16 year old niece, Ethiopia, and is currently unable to work due to her illness. She needs assistance with meeting her basic needs and affording medical care.