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: Mentesnot Eskedar
Story: Mentesnot is 14 years old and in 9th grade. He likes playing soccer, his favorite color is blue, and he is enjoying his chemistry class in school. When he grows up, Mentesnot dreams of becoming an engineer some day! He lives in Yirgalem with his mother, Tigest, step-father, Muluken, and baby brother, Betseht.
Name: Yonas Alemeyhu
Story: Yonas is 12 years old and in 5th grade. He likes playing soccer with friends, is enjoying his English class in school, and when he grows up, Yonas dreams of becoming a doctor. He lives in Yirgalem with his mother, Amarech, and siblings Amenuel, 15 years, and Abegash, 8 years.