This past June when we were preparing for our trip to Awassa, Ararso (the gentleman who heads up the Enabling Independence Program) told me “Charisa, when we go to Boricha you have to meet this woman. She needs help with her house. It is such poor condition”
I, of course, said “ok” and had some idea of what to expect based on prior visits with other families. I know if he said it was bad then it was bad.
A couple days into the trip we headed to Boricha and I was able to meet the government gentleman who helps the families in this area. We then headed to Ashile’s home.
We pulled in front of the house and went inside to visit with Ashile and her 4 children.
Below is their bedroom. For the entire family. The front part was about 1/4th of this size.
This mom is part of our Enabling Independence Program and has much desire and drive. She is not able to do as well as she can (she is grinding and selling corn) because of the lack of security in her house. If she buys more than she can do that day (which would be more cost effective for her and more profit) her home is broken into and it is stolen.
Every home we visited we would ask how can we pray for you. Through Ararso she told us that she lies awake at night in fear.
for her children. that hyenas will come in and eat them.
This is not an invalid fear for her. It happens and could happen to her family. (go back and look a the pictures of the openings in the wall)
Another aspect of this story is that a new road is being built--that will come right through her home.
We went to pray and she knelt down completely on the floor with her face to the ground.
I am not sure I can describe my feelings a that moment. Words can’t describe.
Becca Underwood’s thoughts about this family:
“The first house was the home of a mother and several young children. Through the EIP she is now grinding corn to help support her family. Honestly, this was the most shocking home for me to visit simply because what reminded me of a small child’s fort was home to a mom and her kids. This mom, a mom like myself, lives in fear of hyenas attacking her family in the night and it is a legitimate fear. Despite this reality this beautiful, brave woman is a picture of strength. SHE is working to change HER future.
I was reminded of Alison’s words…”Out of despair, she was building hope. It wasn’t something we were giving her. She was cultivating it herself with a little assistance and guidance. It wouldn’t be easy, and it certainly wasn’t an easy life, but there was hope thanks to the Enabling Independence Program.”
The face of courage.
Here is the part I love.
Ararso is motivating the local church body to step and help this family have a home. They are providing a lot of the materials needed. We are privileged to partner with them…our brothers and sisters across the world and provide this mom and her children a home. A home that is safe, secure, and without fear.
Our goal is $1500.
Where does $30 come in?
if 50 people gave just $30…a home and items needed in that home can be provided for this precious family.
Will you STAND with us?
To donate to provide a house for this mom and her children. Go here: