ETHIOPIA – Fayiza has traveled a difficult road in life, at one point she even found herself begging in the streets. She began her adulthood as a servant in an Arab country. After being deported to Ethiopia, she met a man named Birhanu. For a time they were happy together. They had two children, Abenezer and Kobek, and began to collect household items and save towards having their own home someday.
Birhanu worked hard for his family. He and some friends pitched in together to purchase a minibus, which they could drive for profit. But one day Birhanu was killed while driving. The days that followed were a tragic time for Fayiza and the children.
Birhanu’s parents quickly confiscated all of his money and belongings. At the same time, Fayiza also became ill. Having been a stay at home mother for years, she had no means to support her family. She decided to move her family to the capital city where her sister lived, but her sister wouldn’t help her and they ended up on the streets.
While she and the children subsisted as beggars, Fayiza learned about Operation Blessing partner Embracing Hope Ethiopia, and their lives began to turn around. Once the family joined Embracing Hope, they were provided with a home until they could get back on their feet. The family was supplied with household items, food, and hygiene supplies. Next came medical care for Fayiza, as well as continued financial support.
Once Fayiza regained her physical strength, she began to work to provide for her children, and even opened a bank account to save for their future. When Fayiza is working, Abenezer and Kobek are well cared for through the Embracing Hope day care and school programs. They receive four nutritious meals a day, and are reportedly happy and healthy.
But the story doesn’t end there. When a deadly landslide occurred near their home, Fayiza and her children had to be rescued. Embracing Hope quickly stepped in again, with new household items, clothes, food, and help in finding a new place to live.
Fayiza’s story could have been one of tragedy. However, thanks to the support from Embracing Hope Ethiopia and Operation Blessing, she and her children are now thriving together as a family. Young Abenezer and Kobek are on their way to a solid education and a positive future. Thank you for being a part of supporting life change for this family!
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