Posts from 2016

Help our partners in Ethiopia get a van


Organization with 50 employees serving 3,600 struggling Ethiopians owns just one 4-passenger vehicle. Let’s change that together.

Beza’s boots-on-the-ground partners in Ethiopia desperately need a van. They’re well on their way through the commitment of a church in Des Moines. We hope you’ll help them push over the final hill for a $20,000 purchase.

The organization, Hope for Children Ethiopia (HCE), serves thousands of children every year (freeing many from forced labor and sex trafficking). They provide these rescued youth with a place to live, food, education, and hope for a brighter future. With a staff of 50 people, HCE annually supports 3,600 Ethiopians across the eastern Africa country. But the nonprofit owns just one four-passenger vehicle. That means racking up a tab of thousands of dollars a year for taxis and riding bicycles or walking countless miles to accomplishment their work.

The leadership team with HCE has voiced the need for a van as a top priority over the past two years. Beza Threads is thrilled to respond to that call with the dedication of a local Des Moines church and generous partners just like you.

Ashworth Road Baptist Church, in partnership with Beza Threads, has set the ambitious goal of raising $10,000 within the church (during its annual missions campaign). The target will cover roughly half the cost of the vehicle. That’s where you come in!

We are asking our generous friends, family and neighbors to help raise an additional $10,000 (or more) to get HCE the perfect vehicle for their unique cause. Will you join us in raising the funds to support such a worthy organization? Sometimes it’s the most practical steps that bridge the gap between freedom and those in desperate need.

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We’re going to Ethiopia. Follow along

Fifteen. That’s the number of girls you’ve helped Beza Threads save this year from modern-day slavery. And in two weeks, we get to meet them.

Beza Threads’ story starts and ends in Ethiopia, in the city of Addis Ababa. It’s here every thread of every scarf is woven. And it’s where 100 percent of every sale is directed. To free, educate and empower young people.

On June 1, eight of us will fly to Ethiopia to meet our friends face-to-face. We’ll hear their stories. We’ll see their world. We’ll learn how we can better partner with them going forward.

The trip will take us inside the workshops where every Beza Threads product begins. Where young men freed from sweatshops work to weave handcrafted scarves—for their own profit, now, as business owners.

We’ll meet some of the more than 50 girls we’ve rescued from forced prostitution. We’ll visit the schools where they study culinary arts and hairdressing. We’ll talk to them about where they’ll go next—the businesses they’ll start, the dreams they have for the future.

Join us. Follow along with our Beza Threads team on Facebook and Twitter and at #BezaAbroad.

Redemption Story: Yetenayet

Yetenayet Beza Threads Ethiopia

Meet Yetenayet. She is 17 and lives in Hope for Children Ethiopia’s New Life Home.

Yetenayet’s father died when she was a baby, so her mother did all she could to raise her and her two siblings. But, when Yetenayet was just 11, her mom suddenly died.

“When my mom passed away, our family faced the biggest challenge,” Yetenayet says. “We had no immediate relatives who could help us. My brother begged on the street. Two separate neighbors took my sister and me.”

After few months, Yetenayet left her guardian home because of an argument and she stayed in the home of one of her classmates. Her classmate’s mom made a living in sex trade and life was not comfortable for Yetenayet. She decided to find her brother and live with him on the street. He told her to come back when he got a house to rent.

Yetenayet didn’t want to wait, so she decided not to go back to her guardian home and continued living on the streets of Addis by herself. It was very difficult to get enough to eat. She was begging for food and for daily shelter (to rent a bedroom), and when she couldn’t get enough money for her daily needs, she was trapped into sex trade.

During this time, Yetenayet heard from a friend who was contacted for a rehabilitation project by Hope for Children. She registered and joined Hope for Children New Life Home. Now she is training to be a hair dresser.  She is actively participating in training and other psychosocial support that is provided by the training center.

“After I graduate, I have plans to hire [work] in hair style shops, save moneys from my salary, and gather my families (my brother and sister) and to live together,” Yetenayet says. “Furthermore, I will continue my education, and if God will, one day I will have my own hair style shop.”

Yetenayet is very grateful for Beza Threads and their support that helped change her life.

When you buy a scarf, like our Facebook page, volunteer at an event, or wear a Beza Threads t-shirt, you help reduce the impact of sex slavery and human trafficking in Ethiopia.

Want to get more involved, or have an idea for how to partner with us? Send us a message and let’s connect! Thanks again for all your help furthering the fight to end human slavery.