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
Dance classes
Dance classes

Dear Donor,

The war in Tigrè, begun on the 4th of November 2020 in the Country, sees facing each other the Tigray People’s Liberation Front against the Federal Government of Ethiopia headed by Prime Minister Abi. Till the beginning of 2020 the Country was considered the most stable of the Horn of Africa.

At the moment the situation in the capital Addis Abeba is calm; however, we must not forget that throughout the war any independent voiced in the conflict have been censored. In fact, internet connection has been limited several times and it is hard to have completely reliable news. Anyway, the population is frightened by the conflict that takes place a few hundred kilometers from the capital. At any moment young men could be called to enlist.

The project “Flower in Bloom” is fortunately going on without a break. 80 children supported that live with their families regularly attend the therapy sessions once a month and the dance, theater and photo-therapy classes. Currently the family house is hosting 34 recipients: 16 girls in the Foster Home and 18 boys. Here the children supported spend their time looked after by the Foster Mother. Thanks to your support, they attend lessons, play and dance. They can find a safe and carefree place in the middle of the conflict!

Thank you!

Free time in the Foster Home
Free time in the Foster Home
Our children during the lessons
Our children during the lessons
Free time in the Foster Home
Free time in the Foster Home
Children in the Foster Home
Children in the Foster Home
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Dear Donor,

the Omicron Variant is arrived even in Ethiopia. According to the World Health Organization, since January 2020 till today there have been 469.704 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 7.492 deaths. Ethiopia is one of the most fragile countries when we talk about vaccination campaigns. The number of the administered doses is definitely lower than the number of the population. Approximately 9.55 doses have been administered per 100 inhabitants.

The Country is not just living an emergency situation from a health point of view. Children’s security is compromised also because of recurring internal tensions and in particular because of the conflict between the Ethiopian Government and the rebels of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the north of the Country begun in November 2020.

Last Friday, the 25th of March, the rebels of the Tigray region have agreed upon a “cessation of the hostilities”, after that the Ethiopian Government defined it a “humanitarian truce”. This conflict, which has been going on for about 17 months, has caused not only an internal crisis, but it has destabilized the entire region: almost 60.000 refugees have looked for a shelter in Sudan.

Our local partner “Il Sole Onlus” is a beacon of light for many children. Thanks also to your support the project will provide training courses about affection education, non-violent communication and self-esteem to children that are victim of abuses. In order to integrate these changes into the life of the community, the training will be aimed also to families, local inhabitants and government collaborators, increasing the awareness on gender violence and the management of trauma.

Our local partner is still asking for our help in order to continue all the activities in favour of all the children sheltered in this difficult situation. Thank you for your support!

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As reported by the World Health Organization, from the 3rd of January till the the 3rd of December 2021, there have been 371.803 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 6.784 deaths. A total of 8.780.714 vaccine doses have been administered.

The political situation in the country sadly isn’t getting better, the Nobel Peace prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy is determined to lead the country’s army to the battlefront against the defence forces of the northern Tigray region. In a Twitter post he even invited Ethiopian children to rise up for the country and meet at the battlefront. We are very worried for the future of these children and hope the conflict ends soon with a peace agreement promoted by the international community.

This has been a year-long conflict in one of the worst periods possible, the spread of Covid might worsen it all. The 2nd of November 2021, the government introduced a state of emergency lasting 6 months. Since then, 1000 people of Tigrayan origin have been detained.

In August, workshops, individual and group meetings started again. The kids are doing better thanks to an increase of psychological meetings. Our local partner is now asking donations to buy bedsheets and blankets, the winters are very hard in Addis Abeba, the city is located 2.000 meters over the sea and the houses were the kids and their families live are built badly. We hope you’re willing to continue supporting our work!

Thank you, donors, for all you give us! Thanks to your kindness we have collected 70 USD dollars in the last three months.

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The impact of Covid-19 over the Ethiopian population and in general in the Horn of Africa has been less disastrous as thought up to now. The World Health Organization has registered more than 277thousand Covid cases with more than 4thousand deaths from January 2020 to July 2021. One of the reasons why this part of Africa has been less hit is the young average age, which is about 17 years old. However, the healthcare system of the country is always uncertain, protection devices are lacking and for many people it is difficult to follow restrictions like the one that prohibits to leave the house – in particular for the poorest because this means not to have the possibility to work.

From and economic point of view, despite the stunning growth of the Gross Domestic Product in the last decade, Ethiopia founds itself in a condition of fragile social and economic development. The gap between the richest and the poorest part of the population is getting wider and employment rate does not keep up with the demographic growth.

In the meantime, last November the government sent the army in the Tigray region, in the north of the country – because of the ongoing revolt of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). After eight months the rebels of Tigray are controlling a great part of the northern region. The defeats of the Ethiopian army as well as of the Prime Minister Abiy led to local, regional and national consequences. This war led to a humanitarian disaster, with 7 million people forced to migrate to Sudan or in other neighbor countries. Prompt aids are needed, but they are blocked and there is a total lack of security.

Fortunately, out project “Flowers in Bloom” is set in the capital Addis Abeba and not in the north of the country. Initially, because of the pandemic, all group activities (workshops and group meetings) had been suspended. Just individual workshops continued, as well as the activities in the Foster Home.

At the moment, all the activities of the project have restarted in compliance with preventive Covid-19 measures:

  • COUNSELLING CENTER: in the counselling center the number of sessions of therapy has increased during last months because children in particular from 10 years old have requested more frequent meetings. Furthermore, it has been possible to provide psychological support also to the 19 families of the children included in the project in order to give them the tools to face their children’s rehab once come back home. Two visits were organized to the homes of some families to ensure that the reintegration of children took place in peace.
  • THERAPEUTIC WORKSHOPS:  workshops complementary to psychotherapeutic cares, making all the activities that support sexually assaulted minors more effective. Children can acquire a better self-esteem and recover trust in adults. Moreover, children get in touch with other minors with similar backgrounds and problems, sharing the rehab program.

We want to truly thank all the donors that keep on supporting the project, that allow us to help our “Flowers in bloom”!

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Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing economy in the region; it is nevertheless one of the poorest. The country has been experiencing the worst locust invasion in decades, which is threatening food security and livelihoods of millions of Ethiopians. Moreover, like the rest of the world, Ethiopia has been experiencing the unprecedented social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Until now confirmed cases are 217.000 with 3000 deaths (World Health Organization data). According to the World Bank the main consequences for the country will be an increase in food prices, in unemployment and in poverty, which will hit the most vulnerable part of the population.

However, this is not enough to describe the current instable conditions in which the Ethiopian population and many children live nowadays. The emerging conflict between Ethiopia and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), an armed paramilitary organization, which is rising up in the north of the country, is worsening the scenario. The news that are bringing us our local referents do nothing but feed our concerns. Last year the Ethiopian minister decided to postpone the elections because of the pandemic. The Liberation Front of Tigray strongly opposed the postponement of the elections, organized an election in its region, leading to a military offensive of the Ethiopian government and reopening the armed clashes not only in Ethiopia, but also in Eritrea. Thus now Ethiopian people find themselves among the inhumane acts that the Tigray movement is carrying out in the north of the country and the armed response of the Federal Government.

The Federal Government has declared the state of emergency and it is restricting telephone and internet communications, in particular in the north of the country; for this reason it is harder to get in touch with our local partners. The activities planned by the project “Flowers in bloom” are continuing, despite the strong limitations due to COVID-19 and the ongoing conflicts. The staff keeps working in compliance with anti-contagion regulations, social distancing and using medical devices. Our local partners are working to make the foster home a place in which children victim of violence can always find a safety, protection and immediate care.
Thanks to your support  we are helping these children to obtain the peaceful future they deserve.
We want to thank all the people that are lending a helping hand to our “Flowers in bloom”! 

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Location: Melzo - Italy
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Francesca Moratti
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