Surgical Success Stories - #126 & #127

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Please meet Biranesh Duracho who has been widowed for one year. She has delivered seven children and three of them are living. She has suffered from prolapse for three years and is very grateful to be taken care of at Soddo Christian Hospital. Thank you!

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This is Allane Alaro. She has suffered from prolapse for four years. She has delivered six children and only one is still living. Thank you for being a part of relieving her suffering and making an impact on her life!

Surgical Success Stories - #123, #124 and #125!

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This is Mengeste Malako, a widow of ten years. She has had a third degree prolapse for two years. She delivered has delivered 8 children and six are living. Thank you to our donors!

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This is Eshale Badacho who has had a fourth degree prolapse for three years. She has delivered 6 children and 5 of them are still living. She is a widow of ten years and thanks to your generosity, her life has been changed by this surgery!

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Please meet Omboshe Anjale who has been a widow for 33 years. She has delivered 8 children, 7 of which are still living. She has suffered from prolapse for two years. Thanks for making it possible for her to have life-changing surgery. God bless.

Surgical Success Stories - #119 to #122!

Thank you to our donors for sponsoring these surgeries and changing these beautiful women's lives!

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This is Azalech Chala who has suffered from 3rd° uterine prolapse for one year. She has delivered eight children and four of them are still alive. She is very grateful for your assistance and for making her feel much better!

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Please meet Lantore Langana who underwent prolapse surgery on Friday. She is the mother of four children and has suffered from third-degree prolapse for three years. Lantore is doing very well and is very grateful for your help in restoring her dignity. 

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Say hello to Adanech Kampeso who delivered six children, three of whom are alive. She has suffered from pelvic prolapse for two years. She is so happy for your help.

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This is Dapase Beyene who has been widowed for 20 years. She has delivered six children and five are still living. She has suffered from pelvic organ prolapse for four years. She is so grateful to be relieved from her lower pelvic pain and discomfort.

Surgical Success Story - #118

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Mestawet Medacho underwent surgery earlier this week. She has suffered from 3rd degree prolapse for five years. She is a widow who has delivered five children, two of which are living. Thanks to our donors for helping change her life. Not only did you pay for her surgery but also her transportation to get to the hospital!

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Say hello to Mezgebu Falta. She is 50 years old and has suffered from 3rd degree prolapse for three years. Her only child died. Thank you so very much for helping this patient.

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This is Askale Tema. She is also a widow who has suffered from third degree prolapse for three years. She has been pregnant nine times and has six living children. Both of these patients came to us from Dr. Mary’s clinic in Ajura . Mothers with a Heart for Ethiopia also helped pay their transportation to the hospital. Thank you for your support!

We have huge news!

Remember the jaw-dropping $83,000 that we raised at Gems & Java? We have some exciting news to share about where some of those funds are headed.

If you’ve been following our Girls Gotta Run profiles this summer, you know just how powerful an impact that program can have on a young lady in Ethiopia. We began by sponsoring five athletic scholars, and we’ve spoken to those lovely girls about how the program has enriched their day-to-day – helping them get the nutrition, exercise, knowledge and friendship that they need to live whole, happy lives and dream for the future.

But now we are going to touch even more lives. We are so excited to announce that we will now be sponsoring 22 athletic scholars through the Girls Gotta Run Foundation! That’s right – TWENTY TWO!

Check out this post for all the details about the Girls Gotta Run Foundation. An athletic scholarship provides one young lady with everything from running equipment to healthy meals to life skills classes to medical care. The program even includes the girls' mothers, inviting them to learn about financial literacy and form a savings group.

Suffice it to say, this is an organization working hard to create sustainable change in Ethiopia, and we are proud to be a partner.

Back to school in Ethiopia

We can’t celebrate fall without thanking all the wonderful teachers out there who are exposing kids and young adults to the world around them. Many of our volunteers are teachers or educational professionals, and we are grateful for every one. Happy September, teachers!

Whalen, a teacher at Gallo Shanto, told us that the school will not become dependent on aid from overseas.

Whalen, a teacher at Gallo Shanto, told us that the school will not become dependent on aid from overseas.

Now, imagine trying to teach without any desks, pencils or libraries. For many teachers in Ethiopia, that’s the reality. They are doing all the hard work of moulding young minds without many of the resources we depend on in North America. But that doesn’t stop them.

We were particularly inspired by Whalen, a teacher at Gallo Shanto, who spoke with us on our last trip to Ethiopia. You might remember some of her incredible words:

“What you tell us (through your actions) is that people have time for Ethiopia. People, regardless of colour or differences, can become one. You have shown us through the work you do. It is powerful,” she told us.

You have shown us...that people have time for Ethiopia. People, regardless of colour or differences, can become one.
— Whalen, Gallo Shanto Teacher
MWAHFE volunteers handed out clothing to the teachers at Gallo Shanto school in 2017.

MWAHFE volunteers handed out clothing to the teachers at Gallo Shanto school in 2017.

Whalen received a pair of eyeglasses from Shelley during a previous trip, and this year we handed out T-shirts to the staff.

But Whalen’s speech inspired us more than she could have imagined. She told us that the teachers and students at Gallo Shanto will not become dependent on help from outsiders – she believes that one day, they will defeat poverty.

 

So as we start another school year, we are thinking of teachers near and far, and we take heart in the amazing example of strength and determination that teachers like Whalen are setting for students in Ethiopia.

What's September without sports?

Most of you know all about Gecho, our friend, driver and translator who makes our trips to Ethiopia as smooth as possible! But did you know that MWAHFE has inspired Gecho to take on some of his own projects empowering young women?

Recently MWAHFE was able to donate soccer uniforms, socks, and balls to a girls team that Gecho helps support in central Ethiopia, a few hours from Addis. It’s the first time the teens have had jerseys or a proper set of soccer balls with which to play. Gecho loves supporting these young ladies, and he looks for sponsorships to further help the team.

Gecho and the girls soccer team that he supports.

Gecho and the girls soccer team that he supports.

“I start to support the girls because of Shelley. Before, I support the boys team,” Gecho explained. “Shelley tries to find ways to support women, and I am with you. I just continued on.”

This is such a heartwarming story – and not just because of Gecho’s source of inspiration.

MWAHFE’s support makes a huge difference for the soccer team.

The girls were eager to see their new soccer shoes and soccer balls! MWAHFE donated uniforms and equipment to the team.

The girls were eager to see their new soccer shoes and soccer balls! MWAHFE donated uniforms and equipment to the team.

Bethelehem Kassahun, a Grade 6 student on the team, started playing soccer with the boys at school.

“That is when I fell in love with soccer. I am from a very poor family and the only time I am happy is when I play soccer,” she said.

Soccer is a common childhood activity for kids in Canada. But in Ethiopia, most girls aren’t afforded that opportunity.

One player said that her brother was always given the soccer ball. Several others had to hide their love of the sport from disapproving families.

I feel so confident whenever I carry my training bag to go to soccer.
— Habiba, member of a girls soccer team

Gecho knows what a difference this team makes for the girls.

“Playing soccer has helped the girls to be healthier, cheerful, athletic, and they are able to make lots of friends,” he said.

A simple game of soccer can have a ripple effect.

“Whenever I come to play soccer I feel the most confident, and now I have lots of friends,” said Habiba Sultan, 15.

Her teammate Hasset Nigusse echoed those thoughts.

“I feel so confident whenever I carry my training bag to go to soccer,” said Habiba, who used to sneak over to the stadium and watch soccer, unbeknownst to her family.

“I now play on a women’s soccer team, and I am so happy and have lots of friends,” she said.

What a sweet thank you we received from the soccer team. Isn't this sign amazing? It's such a pleasure to see these athletes with their new equipment!

What a sweet thank you we received from the soccer team. Isn't this sign amazing? It's such a pleasure to see these athletes with their new equipment!

And guess what? The work doesn’t stop here.

Thanks to the financial support of MWAHFE, Gecho is now preparing to set up a second girls soccer team. We can’t wait to see more happy faces on the soccer field (or should we say football pitch!) soon!