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

“Durante la riabilitazione cambiano, ed è una cosa incredibile. Vediamo i loro progressi e il loro sviluppo nel tempo, diventano felici, attivi, collaborativi con i loro amici. Ci prendiamo cura di loro e loro migliorano, sono completamente riabilitati, e questa è una cosa molto positiva ”. Matha Tsegaye conselor.

Le attività sono state fortemente influenzate dalla diffusione del COVID-19, anche in Etiopia: alcune di esse non sono state implementate o ridimensionate per garantire a tutti i bambini, alle loro famiglie, al personale, il rispetto degli anti -normative covide. Per un periodo di tempo limitato non è stato possibile accogliere nuovi ospiti nella casa adottiva. Successivamente ogni bambino non ricoverato potrà trascorrere 20 giorni in un centro di isolamento dove ha effettuato il tampone sierologico, prima di unirsi a quelli già ospitati. All'interno della casa familiare, il personale lavora rispettando la distanza, indossando le maschere e lavandosi frequentemente le mani.

In the foster home, children victims of violence and under risk of a second abuse, can find a safe place in which they can receive protection and immediate care.
From January to June 2020, 32 children have been admitted in the foster home, where they have received protection, clothes, food and health kits.

They are even taken to the hospital, where they can receive necessary medical treatments. Together to the medical chek-up even the exam to determine the age (MRI test) is required from the tribunal to examine the situation.

Each of the two foster home has been designed to host 12 children, but unfortunately, the consequence of the high number of requests is that there are more then envisaged.

From January to March, 10 children have been accompanied to their legal appointment. This represents a very important step, so that their cases could be finalized and, if they have restored their psycho-physical conditions, could arrive at the reunion.

For the closure of the courts for the COVID-19, many meetings were postponed; from June, with the resumption of legal trials, 3 boys and girls were accompanied to give their testimony. From January to June, the staff was able to facilitate the reunion of 21 boys and girls with their families and in society.

The foster children are also supported in the study and in the school reintegration, there is a home teacher; therefore, upon their arrival in the family home, the children also receive pens, notebooks, and books.
The help of the teacher is essential to give them back the feeling of "normality", encourage socialization and interaction with other boys and girls, and prepare them for a return to more serene class. Also, the celebration of the traditional anniversaries, for example Christmas and the Ethiopian New Year, helps them to relax and to feel less the lack of home.

At the counseling center minors who have been admitted to the project can receive psycho-social support, thus initiating a path of rehabilitation and reworking of what immediately.

In the first 6 months of 2020, 43 individual sessions were held; meetings were also organized with 5 parents, to inform them about the psychophysical health of their children and how to take care of them at their best. The IFSO staff then visited the families to better understand their housing, infrastructure, and socio-economic situation, in order to increase the effectiveness of psychological support.
There were also 6 group sessions within the foster homes, during which the children and all the staff were also able to receive a training dedicated to anti-counterfeiting standards as well as addressing together different issues related to psycho-social discomfort.

 

La maggior parte dei bambini e degli adolescenti del progetto “Fiori in fiore” migliora ogni giorno la propria salute fisica e psicologica, grazie a un sistema integrato di cura e accoglienza.

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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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