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Flowers in bloom: support 40 abused kids, Ethiopia

by ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization
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Flowers in bloom: support 40 abused kids, Ethiopia
Flowers in bloom: support 40 abused kids, Ethiopia
Flowers in bloom: support 40 abused kids, Ethiopia
Flowers in bloom: support 40 abused kids, Ethiopia
Flowers in bloom: support 40 abused kids, Ethiopia
Flowers in bloom: support 40 abused kids, Ethiopia
Flowers in bloom: support 40 abused kids, Ethiopia
Flowers in bloom: support 40 abused kids, Ethiopia
Flowers in bloom: support 40 abused kids, Ethiopia
Flowers in bloom: support 40 abused kids, Ethiopia
Flowers in bloom: support 40 abused kids, Ethiopia
Demonstrations in Addis Ababa
Demonstrations in Addis Ababa

The situation in Ethiopia is not that good and the tension is growing among people, both because Covid and economic problems linked to that. At the end of June we could not reach our local representative any longer and we were very worried because it was as if he could not even get our messages, both on the email and whatsapp. Finally we discoverd that there were some ugly clashes among different ethnic groups, following he murder of a singer of the Oromo ethnic group. Because of this, communications were completely cut off for days, in order to prevent the situation from escalating. Finally we got in contact with him and he reassured us that all the staff is fine. On the other hand, he told us that the pademic is spreading in Addis Ababa: contagions and deaths are increasing and people is more and more worried. Luckily none of our children has been affected yet.

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Dear friends,

The project is going on, despite the COVID-19 emergency.

Just a small number of cases of COVID-19 was registered in Addis Abeba, fortunately no one involved in our project has been infected.

As a precaution, the government has closed all schools in the country, consequently children cannot study, since distance education is not provided. Children have to stay away from school. Children that benefited from food service at school now can’t receive one meal per day. This is disadvantageous for their families, since they have to provide that meal to their children on their own (unfortunately, sometimes this is not in their possibilities). Our local partner IFSO is going on taking care of children in family homes. On the other hand, we aren’t able to see children that had already come back to their families (because of COVID-19).

Before the emergency took place, psychologists from an Italian university, with whom IFSO collaborates (thanks to our other partner "Il Sole” ngo), had a talk with IFSO’s director and with psychologists from Addis Abeba University. The objective was to carry on collaborating on protocols concerning child abuses.

As always, thank you.

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Dear Friend,

 

From the IFSO center in Adis Ababa come reassuring news.

All the kids are good and growing as fast as flowers! The medical, psychological and social assistance programs are going great and the kids keep getting better and better and as they grow up so does our effort to ensure a safe environment in which they can start over.

As part of the growth of this project this year we are thinking big!

While the collaboration between Addis Ababa University, Bicocca University of Milan and Chieti University is going on, we are thinking of applying the new operating protocol also in other 2 of our project with which we are helping abused kids in Brasil (Little Butterflies) and in Benin (Don't be Afraid).

That's why we are trying to coordinate theese three projects so we can replicate the amazing results we are seeing in our kids in Adis Ababa, with other kids which are suffering for the same reasons.

All of this is possible only thanks to you!

 

So thank you for the bottom of our hearts!

We hope you'll continue staying besides our kids and help them change their lifes. 

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Dear friend,

 

The project Flowers in bloom is currently doing great!

Our local referent Temesgen is very diligent in keeping us updated about what is going on at the Integrated Family Service Organization (IFSO) centre, as well as at the two family homes.

 

What’s more is that the partnership between Addis Ababa University, Bicocca University of Milan and Chieti University is bearing fruit! They have already developed an operating protocol for minors!

 

But today we would like to share with you something different. We would love to tell you the story of Kia, who is part of this amazing project.

 

Kia is a 13 years-old girl. She was abused when she was only 6, by a guy who lived in her neighborhood. Kia’s mum tried to report him, but the harasser was never condemned, due to the lack of witnesses.

Since 2011 Kia is hence taking part to the rehabiltation program of the Integrated Family Service Organization (IFSO). She is assisted by trained staff by the use of therapeutic workshops, amongst which music-therapy sessions and medical support.

Thanks to this multi-level assistance, Kia is now doing well from a psychological point of view. She is also attending primary school on a regular basis, achieving a ‘high-pass’ grade.

At home, she lives with her grandma. The two have a wonderful relationship, they always support each other, especially in hard times.

For example, Kia recently had to take care of the grandma, who fell down and was bedridden for several days. It was amazing to see Kia splitting her time between her grandma and tge school, without complaining nor ever losing her smile!

We can say without any hesitation that Kia is a real flower in bloom! And this is exactly what the project is about!

 

Your help was fundamental for Kia’s rebirth, for her blossoming… However, there are plenty of other kids in a similar situation, who need your help and generosity. Together, we can grow a garden full of blooming flowers. Together, we can achieve anything!

 

To help them is really simple, and you can do it right here

So, thank you, from the bottom of our heart.

Kia
Kia

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A warm hello to our kind supporters!

We are glad to inform you about a nice initiative planned for next October and we have good news from Ethiopia!

On Sunday 20th of October, the 2sd edition of “Belli come il Sole” [meaning “Radiant like the Sun”] will be held in Saronno, a small city closed to Milan. But... what exactly is it for? Our Italian partner Il Sole has organized this non-competitive 6-12 kms running event for two years as to support “Flowers in bloom” children in Ethiopia.

Let’s join in and walk on all together! We’ll be there waiting for you and your families – you know, there’s strength in numbers!

Good news from Addis Ababa as well - as you may remember, two Italian Universities, the Bicocca University in Milan and the Chieti University, has been collaborating with the students of the University at Addis Ababa for months. From the very start, their common objective is the development of a new operational protocol of the taking-over of abused children.

That’s why they’re going to do their first “in-the-field” research with a joint team of Italian and Ethiopian students. First results are gonna be available by the end of this year!

 All these achievements could not have been possible without your kindness and love! See you soon in October: we’ll be waiting you at Lura Park in Saronno!

Thank you a lot again millions of times!

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Location: Melzo - Italy
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Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy

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