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.