Creating perspectives for a better future

by Thomas Franitza, Stefanie Huisgen, 2012/05/15

Family is the most important basic unit of every society. It forms the social fabric of security, care and trust that every single one of us is part of. The United Nations announced the 15th of May to be the International Day of Families. A day that gives us an opportunity to focus on our close and familiar family members and on persons we communicate with day by day – parents, children, grandparents, siblings, uncles and aunts.

humedica employee Ibrahim is distributing school books and pencils to families taking part in the Sponsorship Programme in Jijiga, Ethiopia. Photo: humedica

humedica would like to use this day as an opportunity to focus on those families who are supported with your donations in the framework of the Family Sponsorship Programme. By means of donations almost 700 sponsors help more than 480 families to gather new courage and to gain new living perspectives.

In four countries – Ethiopia, Brazil, Haiti and Sri Lanka - we support persons who are no longer able to organise their lives on their own due to poverty, natural disasters or wars and who depend on your help. Fantanesh from Ethiopia is one of these persons.

Fantanesh is 35 years old and lives in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Abeba together with her two children. She is illiterate, has no job and goes begging in the vicinity of a church in order to get at least some money with which to support themselves.

Sometimes, Fantanesh manages to get a day job and washes clothes for diverse persons. With this work she earns about two euros – not enough to provide sufficient food and clothes for herself and her children.

Together with her four-year old son Tariku and her seven-year old daughter Kalkidan, Fantanesh lives under extremely unhygienic conditions in a six-square-metre hut built of clay and corrugated iron. Since they do not own a bed, the three of them share an old, saggy mattress to sleep on.

Fantanesh does not have to pay any rent for their home, but in turn for living there, she must accept that her neighbour, who also is the house owner, uses her room as a kitchen. The house owner uses the room to prepare Ethiopian flat bread on a traditional wood and coal fire oven - which is a threat to the little family’s health!

In order to enable her children to lead a better live and to receive a good education, Fantanesh would like to have a small business registered. So far, however, she has not had the financial means to do so. By including them in the Family Sponsorship Programme, humedica intends to provide Fantanesh and her two children with an escape from misery and with a better future.

Assume a sponsorship for Fantanesh and enable her and her two children Kalkidan and Tariku to escape from their dismal living conditions. Photo: humedica

Unfortunately, Fantanesh’s fate is no uncommon one. Many families living in the deprived areas of Addis Abeba are affected by structural poverty, live in conditions that are beneath human dignity or suffer from AIDS. Many of the children are orphans or half-orphans.

Thanks to the donations that are collected in the framework of the Family Sponsorship Programme, humedica can provide these families with food on a regular basis, and supply them with accommodation and education - in other words: give the families new living perspectives.

Besides the commitment in Addis Abeba, humedica is also running Family Sponsorship Programmes at two other locations in Ethiopia (Debre Zeyt, Jijiga), as well as in Brazil, Haiti and Sri Lanka. However, many families are still waiting for a sponsor. Please help us to support further families and become sponsor of one of our families or individual family members. Of course you can also make a contribution by means of a targeted donation. Thank you very much!

      humedica e. V.
      Donation reference “Family Sponsorships”
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

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