Hear more from Greg (Project HOPEFUL’s Awassa director) about his trip!
We had the pleasure of visiting some of Ethiopia’s newest business ladies who are in the Enabling Independence Program in an area called Boricha. We met in the home of a lady named Ashile who some may remember as the lady whose home was run down and not secure which created her greatest fear that hyenas would get her children as they slept at night. Charisa and the team had the pleasure of meeting her in May.
You can see the video from that visit here: http://vimeo.com/102190642
We were met by the five of the six ladies that are part of the EIP program along with Ajuuja’s representative who champions the EIP initiative and a local government official who also provides oversight. About 15 or so of us huddled into Ashile’s small house as the rain began to pour. The group’s leader Hannah (with the Ethiopian scarf) praised God for all He is doing and hugged and kissed us as we were introduced to the group.
The other ladies and their children all greeted us with warm smiles and we then heard from Ashile on how the program was changing her life. The word change was used over and over.
The roof sheets rattled and lifted with the wind as the storm grew and rain poured downs the inside walls and sprayed in through the open spots above us as we shared a coffee ceremony and kolo. I couldn’t imagine living in the home that she currently lives in with her children.
Before leaving we went behind the home where Ashile’s new home was being built. Funds from generous PH Awassa donors are being used to build her a new, […]