YOUR January peace mail from Ethiopia
My name is Sister Munbere. I work for Ethiopian Orthodox Church – Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission (EOC-DICAC) and manage our refugee shelter here in Addis Ababa.
Our shelter, which your kind gifts support, is for the most vulnerable refugees. Today in Ethiopia there are more than 800,000 refugees. More than 4,000 of them are so vulnerable or sick that they are sent to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, for special care. And it is the most vulnerable of these who get care in our shelter.
When refugees arrive to us from the camps they need the very basics so we provide food and shelter. We have refugees from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and other places. When they arrive here, each case is assessed. Many children suffer from malnutrition and the shelter provides supplementary diets. This helps them grow and develop as they should.
Some refugees also need psychosocial support and counselling. We are able to give them referrals so they can see medical professionals, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to access this care. You must remember they have travelled far to find safety and many suffer from what they may have experienced when fleeing from their homes.
We also take in refugees who have chronic medical cases such as cancer and HIV. They will receive a referral to a doctor, and we provide transport for treatments. While the refugees stay in our shelter they will receive meals with nutritional supplements to help with their conditions.
I’d like to share Esraa’s¹ story with you: When Esraa arrived here she was very, very sick with epilepsy. We arranged a medical referral and transport when she was admitted to the government hospital. Some time later, after receiving treatment, Esraa was well enough to leave hospital and she returned to the shelter. Esraa was given medication by the hospital but she wasn’t able to take it properly on her own so our team here helped. They continued to monitor her condition.
Esraa still has many appointments for her condition at the hospital. Without your kind gifts she wouldn’t be able to receive the medical care she requires.
Thank you for your support which helps so many refugees, just like Esraa
¹Esraa’s name has been changed to protect her identity as a refugee.
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You are making a difference:
$75 can provide dietary supplements for a refugee while they are in the shelter.
$87 can provide travel for medical purposes for a refugee with a chronic condition.
With more than 800,000 refugees and asylum-seekers living inside the country, Ethiopia is home to the second largest refugee population in Africa. The majority of refugees in Ethiopia come from three countries: South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.
The Urban Refugee Program run by Act for Peace’s local partner, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church-Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission (EOC-DICAC) provides sick and suffering refugees with urgent medical and social services.
Your support also helps to provide a range of vocational training programs which not only help refugees find employment and an income, but provides each person with a sense of purpose, accomplishment and much-needed social interaction.
We at Act for Peace are praying for our country, for more rain, for those who are grieving and those who are living in fear. We also pray for those in leadership, that they would have wisdom as they make decisions that affect us now and our future.
If you have any prayer requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be our privilege to pray for you.
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