As it does every year, the Great Ethiopian Run (GER) donated 1.5 million birr to four charity organizations at an event held at Sebeta GeteSemani Bete Denagel Tebabat Nunnery on Thursday, December 8.
This year’s beneficiary organizations
Fifteen years ago, the impoverished neighborhood of Kotebe, Addis Ababa Ethiopia was about to be changed forever. A profit-making business was converted to a charitable organisation by a local Samaritan teacher Muday Mitiku. Muday was motivated to take action after she saw the obstacles to learning faced by the students in her school. They did not have enough food. They were being forced to leave school early and beg for their families because their mothers were survivors of terrible abuse, or were HIV/AIDS positive, or homeless and living as prostitutes. Muday’s actions transformed the lives of so many children.
This organisation also helps needy, orphaned and vulnerable children, many of whom have had to work for a living or beg to find food for themselves and their siblings. These children carry a heavy burden at home of caring for younger siblings because their parents are too sick or too busy to provide for them.
Gambela Region Women and Children Affairs Office
The GWCAO is a government organisation aiming to promote gender equality and wellbeing of children and women. Its mission is to provide training and education to avoid the harmful traditional practices that affect the lives of women and children, and to create opportunities for them while at the same time caring for children in difficult situations. It also works to build the capacity of the institutions that are supporting women and children.
Sebeta GeteSemani Bete Denagel Tebabat Nunnery
In 1961 Empress Menen donated a palace to be run as an orphanage by Orthodox Christian nuns. The nunnery opened with 25 orphans cared for by five nuns. Today the nunnery looks after 200 children, and over the past fifty years has given help and support to over 1,250 children. In the past the orphanage has generated its own income to feed the children in its care but now is seeking support from various individuals and institutions to meet the needs of a larger group of children.