What we do
Abraham’s Oasis, started its activities because of children, these have always been the most vulnerable and marginalized in our work; the small child surviving on the streets, the bigger children starting to steal and developing into troubled teenagers leading to delinquency and an added burden to the community.
We have set up two main child related services:
Firstly - the child with some infrastructure in place who simply needs a helping hand with school and medical costs as either s/he has been abandoned / left orphan or parent(s) / relative (s) have gone away for work.
Secondly - the lone infant or child with no one to help them, too young to survive alone and where all semblance of family life is absent, no bed, no meal and usually no hope.
When parents die and leave children destitute, schooling becomes an unknown luxury, due to the need to survive especially for the older child who must work to provide for younger siblings what little food can be eked out. Thus providing / supporting schools benefits the children.
In rural Ethiopia both the child and the woman are vulnerable in that they are the labour force in farming communities. The wife and children may be exploited though this may not be seen as exploitation because ‘life has always been like this’. It is the mother in the rural Tigray and her daughters who prepares the food, collects the firewood from far and fetches the water from remote water sources and helps their subsistence farming husbands / fathers in all the diverse farming activities.
For women, life is exceedingly burdensome, little realizing that their work is far heavier than their male counterparts; they simply accept it as par for the course and their ‘raison d’être’. Hence gender awareness and support is of significance to these women.
Being healthy is often taken for granted, but many of our poor and rural citizens live on the borderline of what is accepted as normal health. Underweight, underfed, low mineral intake; little or no health monitoring from birth to the grave leads to a shorten existence and the interim period a grim test of survival. Of these once again the women and children remain the most vulnerable. These are the ones we seek to support.
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