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Empowering the poorest communities to end child poverty

April 2015

Netsanet’s story
By: Pete
Apr 24, 2015

28 year old Netsanet has been a teacher at Gende Tesfa School for 8 years and currently teaches the Year 2 class and some of the teenage children.  In a community where there are huge problems associated with poverty and leprosy, it is not an easy job as they have 80-90 students in some classes […]

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Ahmed’s Story
On: Apr 24, 2015
By: Pete

Ahmed helps Gende Tesfa school with their urban garden project and lives opposite the school in a hut with his wife and four children. He had a fifth child, but he died, but there is no time to mourn says Ahmed.  He has to be pragmatic and focus on his other children. He earns around […]

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Fatuma’s Story
On: Apr 24, 2015
By: Pete

Fatuma has never been able to have children of her own, but is currently raising her step-grandchildren, Yasmina (10), Remedin (6) and Omer (4) in the absence of their parents. She is married to Mohammad, and it is her second marriage. Like any marriage, theirs has its ups and downs – it is hard to […]

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Zerhara’s Story
On: Apr 24, 2015
By: Pete

Zerhara exemplifies the dignity and the resilience of the many families living in Gende Tesfa. In her sixties (or she believes – she has no personal record of when she was born!), Zerhara has been treated for leprosy and can barely move her chafed hands. Despite her health problems, Zerhara is raising her grandchildren on […]

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