Mothers' Stories

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Re posted from the Friends of Fresh and Green blog Since this was written we lost another very bright young student. Goday (pictured here) is the mother of one of our students, who recently went to Beirut to work.  Her daughter, Kalkidan, has gone to the countryside to live with her Grandmother and is […]

Almaz’s Story of Hope, Fate and Personal Independence

Almaz’s Story of Hope, Fate and Personal Independence

Like many of the mothers in the Cooperative, Almaz left her small village of Zebich for a better life in Addis. She was only 16 years old and grateful for her luck when she found work as a housekeeper for a wealthy man and his family. However, being hired as a housekeeper did not afford Almaz […]

A Real Family, The Sisterhood of the Mothers’ Cooperative

The Mothers’ Cooperative is a large and loving “extended family” for 90 women who have children attending Fresh and Green Academy. They come to the school three or four days a week to take classes in hygiene and child care, and to share their knowledge, wisdom and craft-making skills in jewelry and crochet. Dressed in […]

Student Mothers Empowered To Earn Their Own Money

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — May 2010 Thanks to your donations and support, there are twenty-two student mothers now earning money courtesy of Fresh and Green Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For many, it is the first time in their lives they have been able to earn money by any other means than begging or prostitution. At last, […]

A Mother’s Prayer Inside A Circle Of Gratitude

One of my most profound memories of the trip came at the end of the fourth day. I had been working with the mothers to develop some new jewelry pieces to take back and sell in the United States. The children had finished their third and last meal of the day and it was growing […]

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