A person with a good HEART

Lily Habesha
Posted March 12, 2018 from Ethiopia
DON'T FORGET TO SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE TO OTHERS
THE FOUNDER OF THIS CENTER STARTS THIS PROJECT WITH EMPTY POCKET IF WE HAVE LITTLE, WE CAN SHARE IT
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Our volunteer team PGIA, hope most of you are used to this name. Peace and Green Initiative for Africa visited one home last Friday. Many of the volunteers serve in different organizations like child cancer society, Diabetic association ..etc. But we work together on living a peaceful life and creating more green communities. One of our member has his own local NGO where he helps 270 mentally challenged and homeless elderly people to keep them in same place. PGIA went to feed the people where they stay.

The name of his organization called, Gergesenon. It's been found on Entoto Hill. We climbed up to be there at 10 am. Five WP members were there including me. The most active girl Sinafic from Addis Ababa University has already joined WP. She was there with us. Bottled water, Enjera(Ethiopian Bread ) and stew was carried to the hill by the volunteer team to feed the people who sheltered there.

The founder of Gergesenon, Melese was a teacher. When he saw some mentally challenged guys years ago, he used to take them to the near by river and gave bath and try to keep them safe. He paid a price to reach here. He served them for 12 years. When he started it, some times they used to miss daily meal, and he also used to sleep with them with empty stomach. Now, he is able to feed them by support of Ethiopian volunteers. he pays the rent and give them bed to sleep. Comparing from where he picked them, the place is much better. 

As we visited every room, the rooms are too tiny and suffocated. Double bed for the most elderly people. Triple beds in many of the rooms, some of the rooms are made from iron sheets. living on the hill in iron sheet house, is not simple. they must be freezing at night. 

Most of them urinate in bed, they change diapers at least twice per day. You can't fight your tears back if you visit there. 

Whoever read this post, please help this center. We might not be able to support them financially, but we can give something little. Anyone who can give adult diaper, will be welcomed. I think , this is the most simplest thing we can afford.

 

Thank you

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Jill Langhus
Mar 12, 2018
Mar 12, 2018

Hi Lily. Thanks for sharing your story about Gergesenon. It sounds like a very good cause. Do you have a fundraiser page or place for people to go to contribute? Please share and I will put it on my FB and Twitter pages. Have they tried kiva.org?

Lily Habesha
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018

Jill,
Thank you for your kind response my dear. I'm glad you are always read and comment first. I didn't put a fund raiser, ANITA also asked me to do the same. I'll do that and share it to all of you sisters with good heart .
Thanks a lot
Lily

Jill Langhus
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018

Hi lovely:) You're very welcome. Okay. I'll wait until I get the link and update from you. Have a great day!

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018

Hi Lily
Thank you for your lovely post about Gergesenon. He truly has a big heart and he will be rewarded for his good deeds. You need to start a fundraiser page and we share it with as many people as we can reach on social media. God bless his soul and yours too for using your voice to reach out on behalf of these vulnerable community. Please keep us updated on the developments of this home.
Forever in sisterhood.

Lily Habesha
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 13, 2018

Anita Konjo(beautiful...in Amharic),
Thank you for your kind letter. I wish you sit and watch his ten minutes documentary, you can't stop crying.
You have to be chosen to be giiven such kind of burden. This is the second guy to start a home like this. The other one is a lawyer, who is a best friend of my brother and classmate in law school. He went to America did his masters, then he changed his house ...a big villa to a house for such kind of people.

thank you for your comment.
I'll share a post about the other two guys too.

Lily

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Mar 16, 2018
Mar 16, 2018

There is mixed emotions as I read your posts, Lily. First, joy for volunteers like you. Then, pride for Melese for spearheading this initiative for mentally-challenged people. Lastly, sadness for the lack of better materials for their basic needs.

Please start to make a fundrasing page. Or try to search for funding agencies and rally this cause to them. They might be able to donate huge amounts.

Thank you for sharing.

Lily Habesha
Mar 17, 2018
Mar 17, 2018

Karen,

Yes, that is what i felt last Saturday by now when visiting his place. He quit his job and went to collect some money from people having only fare to go, like 15 kms from his place. The person who promised him to offer little money never been there and he walked back to his mountain and his people and him slept with hungry stomach. You see, how life treats us? he had enough for himself, but decide to live for others.

I'll do a fund raiser for him. I've already done on WP page, i don't know how many people will respond. I don't know how to reach the funding agent, please if you have any information...give it to me.

Thank you

Lily