How has your own childhood experience affected your work?

I’m from a low socio-economic family in the rural part of Amhara region, northern Ethiopia. My father was a teacher, and my mother met him when employed as his housemaid. They were separated when he was transferred to another district in the region. I grew up in a separated family and a female-headed household, occasionally supervised and supported by my father. I had experience of family separation, child labour, child marriage, domestic violence, food poverty, and other child abuse and exploitation issues found in rural areas of Ethiopia. This motivated me to engage in work to fulfil the wellbeing and protection needs of children through combating family separation.

What’s your vision for children and families?

To see children with their family, and for their wellbeing and protection needs to be fulfilled.

What have been the biggest challenges in your work so far?

There’s a lack of commitment from the Ethiopian Government to institutionalise our approaches and strategies in its structures and policy frameworks, and an absence of national research and study. There’s also a lack of knowledge, expertise and skill in some areas of child protection.

Why do you find it valuable to be part of Family for Every Child?

I contribute to serving our targeted children and families using the knowledge, skills and expertise I’ve obtained from experience-sharing sessions, research, workshops, online meetings and other projects that have been organised, supported and facilitated by our beloved global alliance, Family for Every Child. This enables me to realise my dream of serving children and families in Ethiopia.

To learn more about our Changemaker organisation in Ethiopia, FSCE, visit their member page.