Case Stories

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Her name is Etenesh. She was born in Zigora Kebele of East Estie . She is now 13 years old. Some years ago, her parents were living together and used to earn their livelihood from agriculture. Later on, her parents got divorced because of inconsolable difference. Shortly after her mother moved to a town called M/ Eyesus and started living as a daily laborer. For the time on Etenesh stayed with her father and continued to serve him as a shepherd. Life with her father wasn’t easy as he made it difficult for her by punishing her for every little mistake she makes.
Finally when she couldn’t take it anymore; she disappeared from Zigora and travelled to M/Eyesus town to live with her mother. Her mother tried to send her to school and provide her with she needed. Unfortunately, her mother was unable to sustain her. For this reason, she decided to send Etenesh to Bahir Dar to serve as a care giver for her aunt’s baby. While they were traveling by bus, her aunt made Etenesh sit without a seat purposely not to pay for a travel ticket.
Luckily, there was CHADET’s staff on the same bus that Etenesh and her aunt were on. After questioning Etenesh’s aunt about the case; upon their arrival at the town of Hamusit, She was assisted to go back to her mother with the help of his staff and the police.
After reunifying her with her mother, CHADET provided her Mother with a 1500 ETB. So that she could start an IGA. Her mother was able to sustain herself as well as her daughters need by starting a small bakery. As a result, Etenesh resumed her education without any financial worry.
 
Date of Posting: 21 May 2016
Posted By: Etenesh
I was born in Worehimenu Awraja but raised in Dessie. I have five children (two boys and three girls) and currently three of them are attending school. Early in 1982, I used to sell used clothes in Kombolcha when my business was starting to worsen. I begun coffee shopping but it was ineffective too. I lost the whole startup capital due to failure to care for the money. In the year 1992 G.C, I married a man without courtship, the ecstasy ended shortly after we got married as he started to get drunk and came home late every night.

I started noticing that my health was deteriorating from time to time. Finally, after deciding to go to the health center the nurses their informed me that I was HIV positive. I came to the point where I couldn’t even take care of my family. There was no more hope left in me that I didn’t know where to go or what to do. I decided to give my two little kids for adoption, the very thought of giving my kids up terrified me greatly. But I had no choice. It was at this hard and dark moment that CHADET came to my rescue. CHADET announced that it would register OVC & PLWHA. I got registered and started receiving 100 birr every month. Soon after, CHADET selected me to participate on BBS training. At the end of the training I received Birr 2000 and with this money I have managed to expand my tea shop. Currently, I have saved 4272 birr and 200 birr at CSSHG which was organized by CHADET. Now I can cover all my house hold expenses and school fees for my three children. And this was possible because of CHADET. It has changed my life. It has supported me when I had no one to turn too. Thanks to CHADET I can now look back and say “It’s Past”.
 
Date of Posting: 21 May 2016
Posted By: cahdet
My name is Atsede Birhanu. I was born in Addis Ababa. The responsibility of taking care of my brother and sister laid on me when our parents died five years ago. With an income we generated as daily laborers, me and my brother found it hard to feed the family. In 2009, I was given an opportunity to be trained in Food Preparation, House Keeping and Child Care skills in CHADET’s training center. I completed the training with an excellent performance. Soon after I graduated, a famous hotel in Addis Ababa accepted my application and gave me a job opportunity. Before the training everything was dark. Now I can support my family much better than before. On top of that, I have a dream of joining a higher education.
 
Date of Posting: 21 May 2016
Posted By: Atsede Birhanu
I was born in a small rural kebele found in the Eastern part of the Country in 2004. My parent’s income was inadequate that they could not send me to school. My aunt requested my parents if she could take me to Addis Ababa and live with her. Because of their economic condition, my parents did not hesitate for the request. After I came to Addis, I was eager to attend school just like my friends. But my aunt rather wanted me to assist her in a petty trade that she was engaged in. One day, my aunt decided to enroll me in an evening program. I was happy in the beginning. But soon enough I could not cope with the class for many of my classmates were older than I was. Finally my aunt decided to enroll me in CHADET’s Alternative Basic Education Center. Now I am a level three student at center two. CHADET is also providing me with school materials. I would like to give many thanks to CHADET for the opportunity.
 
Date of Posting: 21 May 2016
Posted By: Ayalech
My name is Tigist Tekele. I was born in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, in 1992. The responsibility of taking care of my brother and sisters laid on me when our parents died ten years ago. With an income we generated as daily laborers, I and my brother found it impossible to feed the family. In 2009, I was given an opportunity to be trained in Food Preparation, House Keeping and Child Care skills in CHADET’s training center. I was able to complete the training with an excellent performance for I was very excited for the opportunity. Soon after I graduated, a famous hotel in Addis Ababa accepted my application and gave me a job opportunity. Before the training everything was dark. Now I can support my family much better than before. On top of that, I have a dream of joining a higher education.
 
Date of Posting: 21 May 2016
Posted By: Tigist Tekele
My parents called me ‘Simegne’, meaning ‘I have been wishing’, for I was the only girl they have after my three brothers. Life was wonderful living with both parents. We started leading subsistence when my father died. My mother could not feed us all with an income she generated renting some of the beds in our residence. We led a terrible life since we have to be up till midnight waiting and serving our customers.
In 2007 a big door was opened for me to acquire a sponsorship vocational skills training at CHADET’s training center, in Food Preparation, Childcare, and Housekeeping skills. Within few months after graduation, a four star hotel, Global Hotel, accepted me to work as a house keeper with an attractive salary. I no more have to work until midnight. I am actually studying Information Technology after work. I never thought that I would become this successful, look how I have changed, thanks to the opportunity I have accessed through CHADET.
 
Date of Posting: 21 May 2016
Posted By: Simegne
My name is Aster Hailu. I was born in Worehimenu Awraja but raised in Dessie. I have five children (two boys and three girls) where three of them are of school age. Early in 1982, I used to sell used clothes in Kombolcha. It was not long when my business failed me. I begun coffee shop and same thing happened. In the year 1992, I married a man without courtship; the ecstasy ended shortly after we got married for he started getting drunk, I can say, every night. In the mean time, I noticed that my health was deteriorating from time to time. Finally, I decided to go to the health center. I felt my feet shaking when the nurses informed me that I was an HIV positive. I came to the point where I couldn’t even take care of myself and my family. There was no more hope left in me that I did not know what to do. I decided to give away my two children for adoption. The very thought of giving my children away terrified me, but you see, I had no choice.”

“It was at this hard and dark moment that I heard about CHADET. CHADET announced that it would register OVC and PLWHA for support in the province. After registration I was provided with birr 100 every month. Soon after, CHADET invited me to participate on a Basic Business Skills training. At the end of the training, I received birr 2000 and I managed to expand my tea shop. Currently, I have saved birr 4472 at Self Help Group organized by CHADET. Now I can cover my household expenses and send my three children to school. I never thought that I would walk again; but CHADET created hope in me. Thanks to CHADET, now I can look back and say, ‘It’s Past
 
Date of Posting: 21 May 2016
Posted By: Aster Hailu
My name is Anley Addis. I live in Lideta Sub-city, Addis Ababa, with my two brothers and two sisters. My parents died early in my childhood, leaving me with the responsible of taking care of the family. In order to support the family, I had to quit school from grade 8. An entrepreneur who was engaged in embroidery employed me with a monthly salary of birr 300. Trying to manage a family of five with such a minimal income was really a nightmare.”
“In the year 2010, I was recruited by the Youth Livelihood Promotion and Prevention of Streetism Project. After I attended the Basic Business Skills training for five full days, I received a grant to help me start up a new business. I immediately started an embroidery business because of my previous work experience in the field.”
“Now after four years, my life changed remarkably. I earn 1000 birr per month, and I have created a job opportunity for two whom I pay 300 birr each. I am no more an employee; but an employer. Furthermore, I save birr 100 per month. My current saving is birr 4700. I also sent one of my sisters to university.”
I am very grateful for the support I obtained from CHADET; besides the grant, the trainings were instrumental for my accelerated changes. In the future I dream of attending a sophisticated designing training that will help me become a famous designer
 
Date of Posting: 21 May 2016
Posted By: Anley Addis
My name is Yemisrach Shimeles , I am a 26 year ,single mom living with my two children and my mother. My husband left me in what was probably the most vulnerable time of my life, when I gave birth to our second child. I haven’t heard of him ever since.
To satisfy the basic needs of my two children and mother, I do anything within my power. I take any job I get as long as it brings bread on the table. When you have children all you want is the best for them. I don’t care how much it is tiring; I do everything I can for my kids. Especially when you are not educated and have no skills, people just want to take advantage of you. I work so hard but I earn very little because I am not educated or don’t have any skill. I always wanted to take some kind of training but I can’t afford it, its heart breaking.
When I heard about CHADETs project, I felt so eager and hopeful! I went to the local government office and registered for one of the organized Skills and Vocational Trainings. After a house visit from CHADETs staff and filling in an assessment I was chosen for the training. Now with my choice, I am attending Auto Body Painting training.
By covering all the necessary cost, CHADET is providing us training and also links us with employers. Finally I am going to be a renowned Auto Body Painting professional.
 
Date of Posting: 21 May 2016
Posted By: Yemisrach Shimeles

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by providing access to quality education and improving livelihood opportunities.