Meeting a friend


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. .

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