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: Asanageyin Bezune
Story: Asanageyin is 12 years old and in grade 7. His favorite class in school is English, and he hopes to be an engineer when he grows up. His mother, Bekelech Brihanu, is 31 years old and was born and raised in Yirgalem. Bekelech is married to 32 year old Bezune, and they have four children together. To support their family, Bekelech works selling fruit, and Bezune is a day laborer.
Story: Manendamlak is 8 years old and in grade 1. He loves going to school and his favorite class is English. He enjoys playing soccer with friends, and when asked what he wanted to do when he grows up and he responded, “I want to help my mom!” Noritu Hussein is 38 years old, and was recently left by her husband after giving birth to her 5th child. To support her family, Noritu bakes and sells injera.
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.
Name: Tejeetu Mussie
Story: Tejeetu is a 40 year old mother of 6, whose husband works outside the home to send money back in support of their children. Their kids are Mestawit, 18 years old and deaf and mute, Abebu, 16 years old and works to support the family, Masamo, 14 years old and also deaf and mute, Miheret, 10 years old, Lemlem, 8 years old, and Mamush, 6 years old. The family is extremely poor and socially impaired due to their lack of education.