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Adelesh’s Story
By: Pete
Sep 13, 2015

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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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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Tasting the World at WOMAD
On: Jul 28, 2014
By: ian

On the 25th of July, I went to the wonderful WOMAD http://womad.co.uk/ festival in Wiltshire. In case you didn’t know already, WOMAD is a World Of Music And Dance festival, where well-known musicians, dancers and singers from around the world perform and show their talents to a crowd of several thousand people. We travelled in […]

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Revolving Doors of Poverty
On: Mar 17, 2014
By: ian

I was reading an interesting article the other day about the revolving doors of poverty which reminds us how fragile the climb out of poverty can be and how easily progress can be swept away by things outside of a person’s control – such as ill health or a bad harvest. The article reminded me […]

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