Partners for Change works in some of the poorest communities. A key part of it work is caring for children. It works like this.
The community association identifies vulnerable children. Partners for Change gives the family 100 birr a month – about £3.30 – to help with medicine or school books or other expenses. And there is also a grant of £60 to help set up a small business.
I’d met Chaina – top right with wild looking hair – before. Her mother Tgab is bringing up five children on her own. Tgab used her grant to set up a kind of shopsmall shop outside her house. Today she’s bought oranges and is reselling at 2 p each and making a small profit from each one. She’s holding one in the picture. She won’t become rich but Chaina is lively and cheerful and demonstrated her skill at skipping with a bit of old rope. The family now have an extra income. They are hopeful about the future and things are looking better.
We call that a success story. .