Medihanit Melese Besengo
I am 16 years old girl. My birth place is Yirgalem, found in Sidama Zone, SNNPR. I am from the poor family and they are the poorest ones in the community. Totally, my parents have 7 children and I am the 1st child for my parents and have 1 brother and 5 sisters. Even though, I was a clever student up to grade 5, my educational performance was getting down due to lack strong support from my parents and conditions become worse and worse to proceed my education and forced me to terminate. In this case, I decide to come to Hawassa in search of work and continue my lesson. However, the situation was not much comfortable as I had expected rather I had experienced various worst form of abuse cases such as sexual, emotional, and physical abuse, and also I was drug addicted with influence of my friends. In addition to this, being street-ism is directly meaning that living in a traumatic living environment, Your public images will totally destroyed, you are not decision maker, highly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other STI diseases. In general, that time was very terrible and hard in my life.
One blessed day, Center of Concern (COC) Child Empowerment and Protection project social workers met me on the street and invited me to the drop-in and rehabilitation center. In the center, I had received ongoing psychosocial support, life skill training, health education, sanitation, medical support, NFE, and sport and recreation services for three consecutive months. I recovered from all the pain that I have experienced during engaged in the street life. In the meantime, screening committee of the project office screened and recruited me to join vocational skill training as a reintegration option with some of my friends. After that I was trained in Hawassa children and vocational training college in the field of wood work based on my interest for three months and graduated with outstanding grade.
Currently, I employed in one woodwork workshop site, called Mechal Furniture and in average I am earning 800-1000 birr per a week and I saved 7000 Birr in Oromia International Bank of Ethiopia. In fact, the support empowered me to be protected from various forms of abuse cases and enables me to fulfill my basic needs (such as, food, shelter, medical etc…) and to lead my life independently as well. To be frank, the support of the project empowered many SLCYs specially girls including me to participate equally in the community and developed self-confidence. In the future, I recommend the organization to continue its support and address other vulnerable boys and girls live in the street and to be focused on empowering girls’ in various vocational skill training schemes. Finally, I would like to pass my great thanks to the organization, projects staffs and others who have been participated to improve the life of me and my group members at large.
Mihret Arega Woliso
I was born in Hossana, capital of Hadiya Zone in SNNPR and now I am 18 years old. My parent’s economy depends on practicing agriculture in rural area and they are the poorest ones in the community. Totally, my parents have 10 children and I am the 6th child for my parent. I started my education lately because my parents cannot afford to fulfill my basic needs and rights during the time and later I could not able to continue my education and stopped in grade six due to my family’s economic problem. In this case my parent decides to send me Hawassa with my aunt. My aunt enrolled me to attend my education at night session. However, the situation was not much comfortable as I had expected rather I had experienced various worst form of abuses case such as extensive labor exploitation. When I think of the event my eyes began to wash down with tears. Following this uncontrollable pressure, I forced to leave the home for a better job and to continue my education in the day session. However, it was very hard to find decent work as I expected. And it moved me in to action, so I decided to join unwanted life circles and stayed eight months being as street children. I was always fading up with living on such harsh environment. During the time, I faced different abuses, hunger, and maltreatment. Above all, I stopped my education and only strive for survival in life being unpleasant environment.
By the time, some of my friends came to my work place and told me about the objective of CEP project that it could possibly help me to abandon the situation and could be engaged in decent works, if I am eligible based on the criteria of the project office to be rehabilitated in Drop in Rehabilitation center.
Fortunately, I registered and oriented a lot about the services provided by the project. After joining the center, I got practical life skill training, ongoing psychosocial support, health education, NFE, medical, and sanitation services. Before, I was faced with various psychological problems such as anxiety, fear of stigma and others but through ongoing psychosocial support I had obtained relief from my psychological problems rather I developed positive self-image. In addition to this, I have taken four months training in the field of food preparation in Hawassa Poly technique college with accredited certificate which enables me as a guide line to my long ever endless life journey and now I have been working in one private Hotel and earning 1000 Birr per month and leading my life successfully. In the coming year, I decide to attend my education in the night session. And my vision is to be the owner of my own hotel in the future & support my poor family. Truly, I want to praise the project for giving me this golden opportunity to become more competitive, thriving and became self -reliant. I have met many of my dreams. And I feel I can carry heavy responsibilities.
I am a 19 years old who was born and raised in Wolayeta Zone, Wolayeta Sodo town.
I am grade five student. I am a child with a single parent and grown up with my mother. My mother was not economically sound enough to raise all the children including me. Even she could not afford for our daily consumptions. To make things
worse, I got pregenant and born a child. Then I immdediately runs away to my mothers house with my child and came to Hawassa and involved in hazardous work and exposed to sexually abused and neglect and I faced for various psychological problems such as anxiety, lack of self-confidence, develop aggressive behavior, image and assertiveness depression.
Meanwhile, social workers of the project Officers invited me to DIRC to get packaged services delivered by the Center of Concern with collaboration of Goal Ethiopia. In the center, I registered and oriented a lot about the services provided in the center. I got practical life skill training, ongoing psychosocial support, health education, and medical and sanitation services, sport and recreation services for two consecutive months. These packaged services helped me to obtain relief from my psychological problems, developed positive self-image and made me ready for different exit option with good filling and bright future.
Later the screening committee of the project office screened and recruited me to engage in income generating activities. Following this all candidates of IGA beneficiaries including me took business skill training for two weeks to run our business successfully and lead our life in meaningful ways. After that, I had received startup capital and opened business in selling goods and currently, I generate income and in average, I am earning 50 to 70 Birr per day. Hence, the support empowered me to be protected from violence and fulfills her basic needs (such as, food, shelter, medical etc…) and to lead my life independently as well.
To be frank, the support 0f the project empowered many girls including me to participate equally in the community and developed self-confidence. In the future, I recommend the organization to continue its support and address other vulnerable boys and girls and to be focused on empowering girls’ education and train in various vocational skill training schemes and IGA.
Finally, I would like to pass my great thanks to the Donor organization, project organization and staffs and others who have been participated to improve the life of me and other vulnerable children.
This is the case story of Tsigereda Tesfaye. I am 18 years old. I am the only girl for my parents and have four brothers, and live with both my mother and father. My mother is jobless women who is fully dependent on my father income. My father is a guard in one organization and generate little income and not enough for all of my family. Hence, we are the poorest one in the community. I attended my lesson up to grade 12, however I could not joined university like my friends because my educational performance was getting down due to lack of strong support from my parent. This situation faced me for various psychological problems especially for emotional abuse. In general, that time was very terrible and hard in my life.
I was very restless, emotionally instable, easily irritated and short tampered girl. Due to this emotional instability, I was in conflict with my family and friends, used to expend my time idly, and lost hope. Meanwhile the advisory committee members of the project screened and recruited me to get service in DIRC as street connected children. I stayed in the DIRC for two months and got rehabilitation services. During the time, I had received ongoing psychosocial support, life skill education, medical support, entrepreneurship and vocational skill training.
These packaged services helped me to obtain relief from my psychological problems, developed positive self-image and made me ready for different exit option with good filling and bright future.
In the meantime, screening committee of the project office recruited me to attend vocational skill training as a reintegration option and I was trained in Comboni Women Vocational Skill Training College in the field of Garment based on my interest for three months and graduated with outstanding grade.
Currently, I am employing and working in TAL garment based in Hawassa Industrial Park in the position of quality controller. The project has played a significant role in fulfilling my economic gaps through creating descent work environment. By now, I earn 1500 Birr per month, and saved 3000 Birr, and plan to continue my lesson in the nighttime. Above all, I developed self-confidence and found on the right track in changing my life. In the future, I want to support others.