Location: Yirgalem, Ethiopia
Ministry Director: Abenezer Getachew
Overview: Talita Rise Up is located in the Southern part of Ethiopia in a town called Yirgalem. It is home to some 30,000-40,000 residents, many of whom are HIV positive. Despite the governments provision of the meds to combat HIV, many are unable to obtain effective treatment due to their extreme poverty and lack of the required nutrition to tolerate the medications. Talita Rise Up is the only ministry of it’s kind in the area and houses children were abandoned as young as a few days old. Talita has a Saturday feeding program where more than 100 children come to eat, play, and hear a Bible teaching. In addition, Talita Rise Up has a sponsorship program in which the most vulnerable families in the area are able to get their basic needs met along with care for their souls through discipleship, love, encouragement, and prayer. Lives continue to be changed through this God-ordained partnership.
Name: Bekelech Birhanu
Story: Bekelech Brihanu, is 33 years old and was born and raised in Yirgalem. She is married to 35 year old Bezune, and they have four children together ranging in ages from 6-15 years old and are expecting their 5th child in September. To support their family, Bekelech works selling fruit and other small items outside of their home, and Bezune is a day laborer.
Name: Belaynesh Hakiywe
Story: Belaynesh is 17 years old and in grade 8. She loves school and her favorite class is physics. She enjoys playing jump rope games with friends, and she dreams of being an engineer. Her mother, Alemitu, is 45 years old and married to Hakiywe, who is 50 years old. To support the family, Alemitu works as a day laborer and Hakiywo cuts down trees.