Posts from 2015

Redemption Story: Tizeta

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Meet Tizeta. She is 18 years old.

Tizeta’s dad died when she was 7 years old and her mom passed away when she was 14. She has two brothers and three sisters, but only three of them grew up together.

“Poverty was so bad my sisters and brothers couldn’t grow [up] together. My mom was unable to feed all of us, so she sent three of them to live with her relatives in different places,” Tizeta says.

Tizeta’s mom sold a local drink called “Tela” and snacks to support her family, but she struggled to have enough money to provide for them. “My school expense was covered by a generous neighbor,” Tizeta says. “She supported all my school expense until I reached grade seven because she understood my mother was unable to cover my school fees.”

“The support stopped after I completed grade seven and my brother helped me for my grade eight education with the money he earned from daily labor,” Tizeta says.

Then her brother got married and had a baby and couldn’t continue paying for her schooling. “After I passed to grade nine, I dropped out of school and started to work in a flower farm,” Tizeta says. She was able to support herself this way for awhile, but work at the farm slowed down and she lost her job.

“I didn’t have money for my basic needs and hopelessness overwhelmed me,” Tizeta says. She was on the verge of entering the commercial sex trade, which is the only option for survival for many young women in her situation.

Her friend, Samrawit knew Tizeta needed help and supported, advised and cared for her. Samrawit was in commercial sex work, and she knew how bad that life was. She shared the money she earned with Tizeta and warned her not to employ herself in commercial sex.

Samrawit heard about the Hope for Children in Ethiopia (HCE) program for those trapped in commercial sex, and she and Tizeta joined together.

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“Now I am in New Life Home of HCE,” Tizeta says. “I have started training in food preparation, and I am receiving support for my basic needs (food, shelter, medication) and other psychosocial support. When I finish my training I plan to work as cook in restaurants and be self-sustained. I am grateful for HCE and Beza Threads’ support. God bless you all.”

Redemption Story: Mehiret

image004Meet Mehiret.

She is a 21 year-old woman born in Welmera; a rural district near Addis Ababa, the capitol of Ethiopia.

Mehiret’s mother died when she was young. “After the death of my mother, my brother and I started to face so many problems. I dropped out of school after grade 4 and started to shoulder adult women role in my childhood like cooking food, collecting fire wood, fetching water for my family. In all this my father was not good for me,” she says.

When Mehiret was 19 years old, she went to live with her uncle. “I went to my uncle’s home hoping [for a] better life. He promised to care for and send me to school, but he betrayed me,” she says.

Mehiret’s uncle made her be a maid in his home. She ran away and worked as a waitress. After 8 months, she moved to Addis Ababa to work in a hotel. She didn’t earn enough money doing this to survive and turned to prostitution to supplement her income.

Mehiret learned about how Hope for Children in Ethiopia (HCE) rescued women from a life of prostitution. “When I heard about the HCE program for young women like me, I decided to go to the new home immediately. I was always thinking that who can redeem me from this life and work of a sex worker, to follow a man back to his hotel room,” she says.

She immediately joined the new life home of HCE and registered for training in food preparation. Mehiret has since then left behind a life of prostitution thanks to the support she received from Hope for Children in Ethiopia —a Beza Threads partner organization.

Together, Beza Threads and Hope for Children in Ethiopia helped get Mehiret off the streets. Today she is supporting herself in the food industry and investing in other woman through HCE.

“I give praise to God. Now I am on the right way to lead a normal life, thanks to your support,” Mehiret says.

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