The Daughters of Charity serve many poor people in different parts of Ethiopia, both spiritually and physically.
"The capital Addis Ababa is the most populous city in the country. Many people have come here from different regions thinking that life is safer and better. There are many poor people who have no one to help them and who suffer in silence. The average income is very low, because most people have low-paid jobs". Sister Tigist
Tiruwork, 30, and her five children are among the many people who have lost hope in life because of poverty and the sudden death of her husband Ato.
The couple looked after their 5 children with love and attention: Robe and Robera, aged 9, Lalisa and Lalissie, aged 6, and Jalane, aged 3. Ato worked as a teacher in the Oromia region of western Ethiopia, where thieves and kidnappers are rife. They had to leave the area: Ato was constantly being extorted for large sums of money and he feared for their lives.
In Addis Ababa, he immediately looked for a job in a school to support his beloved family. Unfortunately, two weeks after their arrival, Ato collapsed and died before reaching the clinic. The children, in tears, asked the sisters who was now going to provide for them...
"The family's grief has been compounded by Tiruwork's depression. Since she lost her job at our Catholic school, which was demolished for a green zone project, she can no longer pay the rent or provide for the basic needs of her 5 young children." Sister Tigist
The sisters are very involved in changing the lives of this family. The children are very active and disciplined.
The aid received will pay for :
- food and clothing
- rent and housing charges (water, electricity, etc.)
- medical expenses
- school fees, uniforms and textbooks for the 4 children attending the school.
"This will ensure that children are physically and mentally healthy, work hard and achieve good results at school and do well at school." Sister Tigsit
Tiruwork will then be supported and encouraged to find a job and become financially independent.
With them, thanks to you!
I am Sister Tigist Rufael, a Daughter of Charity from the Province of Ethiopia.
I am a teacher by profession and have taught at Atse Teklegiorgis Catholic School for the past two years. Unfortunately, the school was demolished due to a renovation project after 52 years of service.
I currently live in the provincial house. I'm studying for a Master in Educational Leadership and Management.