Our world has seen many prominent figures in the past few centuries. People call these persons in different names. Some are under the category of care, love and humanity. Some of the best persons in the course of history are: Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, and the like. On the other hand, there are people as cruel as the devil itself. Adolf Hitler is the one from this category.
Surprisingly, these people represent their countries whether they do good or evil. Every continent has some major figures in their history. The American continent has Thomas Jefferson, George Washington; the Latin America has Che Guevara, Fidel Castro. The Europe has Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler; the far east has Confucius, Mother Theresa, and Mahatma Gandhi.
Our continent, Africa, has those kinds of people. Nelson Mandela, Emperor Haile Selassie, Kumai Nkrumah and so on.
To minimize the scope, here in Ethiopia, there are well known Ethiopians. Starting from the power house of the nation to the ordinary civilians, Ethiopia can call many. From Itege Taitu to Meaza Biru Ethiopia has brought bright and wonderful women in its long history.
In recent years, there was one name which is above all names, Abebech Gobena, the African Mother Theresa. Anyone can easily predict the love and care from the nick name that this beloved mother got.
From the small village called Shebel in the Oromia region, Ethiopia got this big- hearted women in 1938. She got married without her consent when she was eleven years old, but she refused to be a wife at that age so she fled to Addis Ababa and tried to get basic education; she was a very clever student. She got married again in Addis Ababa.
During the time of the Ethiopian famine, while she was in her pilgrimage to Geshen Mariam, she started her humanitarian work in Wollo province by distributing what she had- a loaf of bread and five liters of holy water. She witnessed a child with her dead mother. Abebech decided to take two orphans whose families were died from the hunger to Addis Ababa. Within a year, this number of the orphans got 21.
She had scarified a lot to take care of these orphans. She sold her belongings and gold jewelries and bought flour for making injera and bread to serve the children because her income was too little. Abebech did not listen to advices from her families, even from her husband to stop this deed rather she continued to be a mother of many children. Having decided on helping those orphans, Abebech couldn’t be able to save both her marriage and the orphans so that she got divorced. She got nothing except a chicken coop where the orphanage started. One can imagine the burden she held to support these children with a very small income.
After suffering from many challenges and problems, Abebech got support from the government. In 1986, her orphanage got registered legally by the government with the name “Abebech Gobena Orphanage and School”. However, the number of orphanages became increased due to the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Based on the orphanage report, there are 200 resident and 482 non- resident students in the orphanage school. The orphanage also pays school fees for over 1000 children from poor families at other schools.
The orphanage aims to support the needy people not by giving money rather by educating them to be self- reliant. There are facilities that can aid the needy to educate themselves on sewing, knitting, weaving, metalwork, plumbing, electricity, photography, and silkscreen printing. This is a big step for the society to be more independent and confident on oneself. Furthermore, more than 2000 malnourished children and mothers obtain food from the orphanage.
In addition to the above achievements, the orphanage has done lot of jobs on producing responsible society. Abebesh has also done reuniting orphans with relatives.
It is known that there are houses in Addis that are not comfortable for living. Due to this, the Abebech’s orphanage has built three schools, a health center, 268 houses, 40 latrines, and 25 water points so far. For people who cook in their living rooms, the organization has built 200 kitchens. It also offers different trainings for girl who came to the capital city from the countryside to protect them from any harmful practices. Because of this, the over 200 girls have attained their course on food preparation and catering. This is a n opportunity for creating job opportunities for the citizens of the nation.
The organization has not stopped its paramount achievements only in Addis. In 1990, it commenced its first ever project out of Addis in Guder which is more than 140 kilometers far from the capital. This project basically was a farm to assist food for the children and generate income for the Addis Ababa based orphanage. The organization has also constructed many facilities. For instance, primary school and a kindergarten for needy people in Burayu which is a far post of Addis, and in Fiche, Oromia, there is a training center for students who learn weaving, sweat- making, carpentry and masonry.
Now a days, AGOHELMA (Abebech Gobena Children Care & Development) , the association formed by Abebech herself, offers different services including formal and in- formal education, HIV/AIDS prevention, infrastructure development, women empowerment, and others. Surprisingly, Abebech become a mother of 450,000 children despite she had none. What a blessing this was for her. More than 1.5 million people have been supported in plenty ways.
Abebech has achieved many recognitions and awards in her lifetime. From more than hundred recognitions and awards, some of them are: honor of doctoral in Humanity from Jimma University, a medal and certificate of honor from Addis Ababa University, a trophy and certificate of recognition from UN., a trophy and certificate of honor from Ethiopian Orthodox Church, international award winner from London World ware Business Award, and many more.
Sadly, on July 4, 2021, the people of Ethiopia heard a heart broken news from St. Paul’s Hospital as Dr. Abebech has been fighting with COVID 19 other complications for her life but she gave up and went to her Father. All Ethiopians remember her name with love. She had done stunning actions for benefiting the society by ignoring the interests of her flesh. What a journey this was! What a blessing this would be for Ethiopians! What a lesson for all mankind! May rest in peace our beloved, server, lover, caretaker. Above all, she was mother of mothers!
The Ethiopian herald July 6/2021
- ጉራፈርዳ ወጣቶች ማኅበረሰቡን ይቅርታ ጠየቁ።በቤንች ሸኮ ዞን ጉራፈርዳ ወረዳ ተፈጥሮ በነበረው የፀጥታ ችግር ተሳታፊ የነበሩ ወጣቶ ማህበረሰቡን ይቅርታ ጠየቁ፡፡ በተሳሳተ የሀሰት ትርክት ተፈጥሮ በነበረው የፀጥታ ችግር የተሳተፉ ወጣቶች ‘በድለናችኋል ይቅር በሉን’ ሲሉ የሃይማኖት አባቶችን እና የአገር ሽማግሌዎችን በመያዝ ማኅበረሰቡን የፀጥታ አካላትን እና አመራሮችን ይቅርታ ጠይቀዋል። በወጣቶቹ ከዚህ በኋላ ግጭት እና አለመግባባትን በማስወገድ በጋራ ለመስራትና
- ስንዴንና ሩዝን ከውጪ ማስገባትን ለማስቀረት እየተሠራ መሆኑ ተገለጸከሦስት እስከ አምስት ዓመታት ጊዜ ውስጥ ከውጭ ወደ ሀገር ውስጥ በእርዳታና በግዢ የሚገባ ስንዴንና ሩዝን ለማስቀረት እየተሠራ መሆኑን የግብርና ሚኒስቴር አስታወቀ። በኢትዮጵያ የግብርና ሚኒስቴር የሰብል ልማት ዳይሬክተር አቶ ኢሳያስ ለማ እንደተናገሩት፣ በኢትዮጵያ ከውጭ በግዢና በእርዳታ ይገቡ የነበሩትንና አሁንም በብዙ ወጪና ውጣ ወረድ ለምግብ ፍጆታ እንዲውል የሚገባውን የስንዴና የሩዝ እህልን በቀጣይ
- በደሴ ከተማ የሚገኙ መረዳጃ እድሮች ለሰራዊቱ ስንቅ አዘጋጁበደሴ ከተማ ሆጤ ክፍለ ከተማ ሀገር ግዛት ቀበሌ የሚገኙ 12 የመረዳጃ እድሮች በጋራ በመሆን ለሰራዊቱ ስንቅ አዘጋጁ፡፡ እነዚህ እድሮች ስንቅ ለማዘጋጀት እያንዳንዳቸው 10ሺ ብር ያዋጡ ሲሆን፤ የስንቅ ዝግጅቱ እንደተጠናቀቀ ወደ ሰራዊቱ እንደሚላክ አስተባባሪዎቹ አስታውቀዋል። ከአስተባባሪዎቹ መሀከል አንዱ የሆኑት አቶ ዘሪሁን ማንደፍሮ ይህ ተግባር የደሴ ህዝብ ለሰራዊቱ አስተማማኝ ደጀን መሆኑን ለማሳየት
- “እርዳታ የጫኑ አውሮፕላኖች መቐለ እንዳያርፉ ተለከለ”በትናንትናው ዕለት የእርዳታ አውሮፕላኖች ከመቀሌ ሳያርፉ የተመለሱት በአየር ጥቃቱ ሳቢያ ሳይሆን በስፍራው በሚገኙ የበረራ ተቆጣጣሪዎች ፈቃድ በመከልከላቸው መሆኑን የመንግስት ኮሙኒኬሽን አገልግሎት አስታወቀ፡፡ የመንግስት ኮሙኒኬሽን አገልግሎት ጉዳዩን አስመልክቶ ባወጣው መግለጫ ፣ ትናንት የኢፌዴሪ አየር ሃይል በመቀሌ የአሸባሪው ህወሃት ቡድን የወታደራዊ ማሰልጠኛና ማዘዣ ማእከል የሆነውና የቀድሞ የመከላከያ ሰራዊት ማሰልጠኛ የነበረውን ቦታ በአየር
- የአውሮፓ ህብረት ለሁለተኛ ጊዜ የለገሰው ሰብዓዊ ድጋፍ መቀሌ ደረሰየአውሮፓ ህብረት ለሁለተኛ ጊዜ የለገሰው ሰብዓዊ ድጋፍ መቀሌ መድረሱን ብሄራዊ የአደጋ ስጋት አመራር ኮሚሽን ገለጸ። ኮሚሽኑ ለኢዜአ በላከው መግለጫ በትግራይ ክልል በችግር ውስጥ ላሉ ወገኖች የሚሆን የሰብዓዊ ድጋፍ ከአዲስ አበባ ወደ መቀሌ በአየርና በየብስ መጓጓዙን አስታውቋል። የአውሮፓ ህብረት ለሁለተኛ ጊዜ የለገሰው የሰብዓዊ ድጋፍ ቁሳቁሶች መስከረም 24 ቀን 2014 ዓ.ም አዲስ