A telephone call comes through from Social Services that a baby has been found and will Abraham's Oasis help? Our team then sets in motion the process to find the mother or kinfolk of this baby. The Police, Social services, local government, neighbourhoods are all involved. This takes time and the baby needs shelter, food and love now, that is what we provide at Grace Village. The search goes on until exhausted when either the baby is reunified, fostered, adopted or remains at Grace Village.
Despair leads to panic and panic to abandonment. The young women has given birth, her family will reject her, she needs to work she is a commercial sex worker, a high school student, a refugee from Eritrea, a mother with too many children already and no husband, or any one of these situations. She is hungry hasn't eaten in days, she may or may not have given birth in a health facility. So without considering consequences, she hides the baby near a Police station, a health centre or a church.
Abraham's Oasis is the only organisation that helps children in the North-western Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia. We have experience in tracing, locating and reunifying many babies and children with mothers, fathers and other kinfolk. However, before that happens they stay with us in our Baby House, basic care is required, our staff are well trained and supervised by a nurse. In the event that no family is found they stay with us and may go for in-country adoption. This is an ongoing project for us.
This project encourages family reunification because mother / family is best, where mother / families are of low economic status the aim is to enable them through income generation activities towards a sustainable outcome. Baby kits goes with the baby upon reunification. Where reunification is not possible the infant is available for adoption. As family is best. There are some infants that stay at Abraham's Oasis for various reasons where they are cared for in small group homes by housemothers.