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Empowering the poorest communities to end child poverty

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PfC Ambassador Sarah Parfitt’s Blog
By: Pete
Nov 24, 2016

Sarah Parfitt is a Partners for Change Ambassador. She lives in the Berkshire village of Cookham and has linked Holy Trinity Primary School and many local people in an amazing relationship with the leprosy affected community of Gende Tesfa in eastern Ethiopia. You can read about her amazing work here. 29 November at 12:22 · […]

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Ethiopia – Home of Coffee
On: Sep 29, 2015
By: Pete

We have many things to thank Ethiopia for – perhaps the most important is for it being the cradle of humanity. The oldest human remains have been found in Ethiopia – we are all Ethiopian! Ethiopia is also the home of coffee and it has a lovely folktale about how it was found   A […]

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Fayo’s Story
On: Sep 16, 2015
By: Pete

Fayo is 20 years old. She lives with her child, her mother, Nuriya and her three children in a completely empty one room house – thereare no clothes, no possessions, no door, no mattresses, just a pile of ash in the middle of the floor. Fayo’s mother has mental health problems; she needs constant watching […]

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Adelesh’s Story
On: Sep 13, 2015
By: Pete

Adelesh lives in the Gende Tesfa community all her life. After her sister and her sister’s husband died she has stepped in to look after their two children. Adelesh is dedicated to caring for the orphans Estubdink and Mikael who recently featured in Michael Buerk’s Radio 4 Appeal for Partners for Change. They live in […]

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Selam’s story
On: Sep 9, 2015
By: Pete

25 year old Selam Lemma has been a community volunteer for Partners For Change Ethiopia in Gende Tesfa for the last 2 years and earns around 500 Birr a month pocket money. This is equivalent to £16. She lives in Dire Dawa not far from the community of Gende Tesfa. “I love my job because […]

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Seada’s Story
On: Sep 1, 2015
By: Pete

Our community journalists recently visited a remarkable 40 year old woman in Gende Tesfa called Seada. Her life is a shining example of how, despite grinding poverty, people help each other and constantly work to improve their lives. Seada’s family has a history of leprosy and other health problems. She lives with her husband who […]

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Netsanet’s story
On: Apr 24, 2015
By: Pete

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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