Update from Cheryl…
I have been in Ethiopia for over a week now! I have enjoyed my days at the Forgotten No More Center and have loved eating much Ethiopian food with many friends as each day I have been invited into someone’s home for lunch and another friend’s house for dinner. It is so wonderful to have the opportunity to be with our friends and community again. I feel like I am home.
Today at the center I joined a class for our smaller children. They were working on shapes and colors.
After that they brought out the puppets and the kids enjoyed practicing greeting others with the puppets. If you have been to Ethiopia, you know the importance of a greeting to a friend, relative, neighbor, or even someone you don’t already know. It was so fun to watch the kid’s excitement as they talked to the puppets and answered their questions.
They enjoyed a snack after their school work and some recreation time afterwards. It was a great way to spend the day!
One very special young lady named Enqwahonech joined us today after a long absence. She was sick with TB for many months and was unable to come to the center.
Enqwahonech has cerebral palsy. She is unable to speak or walk. She needs assistance to complete every task. Her smile lights up a room. Enqwahonech has spent nearly all of her 22 years inside her mud house because of a lack of services to meet her needs. Now, because of the staff at FNM, she is able to come to the center and join in the activities of FNM. Watching our staff work with her today inspires me to work hard to continue raising funds for this program.
It is no small task to bring Enquahonech to the center. It requires a dedicated staff, a bajaj (our source of transportation for all of our children – a motorcycle front with three seats behind), and some strong backs to carry Enquahonech to her transportation. She has to be carried over a stretch of rocky path to get to her bajaj. It is all well worth the effort when you see the joy in brings her to participate at the FNM center.
It is our hope for the future to locate more children with developmental disabilities who are home alone all day while their family or parent works because there have been no other alternatives.
FNM is working hard to find these children and begin providing support services for them.
Thank you so much for making this program possible! Cheryl