The sight of a baby girl suckling on the breast of her dead mother changed the course of Abebech Gobena's life forever. Gobena was born in a small rural village called Shebel in 1938. She was married without her consent, but she ran away to the capital, Addis Ababa. There, she managed to get basic education and later worked as a quality controller at a coffee and grain company.
She brought the child she saw next to her dead mother along with another orphan to her home in Addis Ababa. In one year, she brought 21 children to her home. "My family, my husband gave me an ultimatum, choose the children or choose your life. I was not welcome at home. So, I decided to move to some land I had bought with the intention of raising some chicken. I moved into this forest area with the kids." Today, AGOHELMA, the association she founded, provides various services in addition to the orphanage itself, including formal and non-formal education, HIV/AIDS prevention activities, habitat improvement and infrastructure development, empowerment of women, among others. Additionally, it provides institutional care for more than 150 orphans. Since its establishment, over 12,000 needy children have been supported by the association with over 1.5 million people having benefited either directly or indirectly from the association in different regions of the country. 👆🏾Tell us your story and be an inspiration to other habesha 🇪🇹 🇪🇷 women all over the 🌎! @habeshawomen
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