Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Making a difference

I have had a very inspiring weekend hearing an update about her project from Ethiopian lady, Jember Teferra, who works amongst the poorest of the poor in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

My first photo shows her with our vicar, Ashley, in a rare pose with a smile. Jember has made an amazing difference in so many people's lives but for all that she is a very humble, diminutive figure who is reluctant to be photographed at any time. But she has spent her energy over many years bringing worth and dignity to a people suffering from poor sanitation, inadequate housing, poor education, little food and with very few means of helping themselves.

She has helped to provide the means by training up the people, funding their businesses and so enabling them to help themselves. She has transformed the lives of thousands in this way but in a city of more than four million there is still a long way to go as my next photo shows - this is an area before Jember has helped to renovate it.

I thoroughly recommend the project http://www.iha-udp.org. Why don't you take a look? I have written a number of articles about Jember and the project in various magazines and in our local paper. It seems little compared with what she has done but it does help to spread the word.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome lady indeed and lovely picture Sheila.