Tsion Andualem’s story is like many other’s as it begins with her father abandoning her, her brother, sister and mother. In our culture it is generally considered “men’s work” to do home repairs but when you are a single mother, these responsibilities fall to you. So what do you do when you are so ill, you can barely get up and make through a day of work to provide food for your family?
Tsion’s mother, Seble, suffers from eye, kidney, and gastric problems but she doesn’t let this stop her from getting up every morning and going to her job at a cafe up the street. Seble works very hard for her family but even so, she only brings home around $10/month. This is barely enough to keep a roof over their heads and clothes on their back. The support Seble receives from Blessing the Children is instrumental in ensuring that Tsion gets an education and her family has food to eat. Unfortunately, this leaves no money for any kind of home repairs.
During a home visit, a team member noticed that the roof on Seble’s house was in major disrepair. Not only did the metal sheeting on the roof have holes rusted clear through but the wooden poles supporting the metal sheeting was also rotting. This lead to rain leaking into the house and also pouring over the walls and seeping through the burlap that Seble had put up to cover the plaster.
Seeing this great need and knowing that Seble has no possible way to afford to have her roof fixed, the team and their supporting church donated the funds necessary to completely replace Seble’s roof! Due to lack of time and the great task this would be, the church team asked the Southwest Baptist University team to take on the labor of this project. And they did, with great enthusiasm and zeal.
What a joy it is to see teams being so effective, blessing the lives of the beautiful people of Ethiopia. With team work, passion and by the grace of God, Seble has a new roof and her family can rest safe, sound and DRY.