Urgent Need | Wounded, HIV+ Five Year Old

Fitsum Girma

Fitsum Girma

Fitsum Girma is a cute and curious five year old. She is also HIV positive. Blessing the Children found Fitsum three months ago. She was qualified for the program and accepted to begin receiving benefits once she had a full sponsorship of $90/month. As of today, we are still searching and praying for that sponsorship to come through and Fitsum’s health continues to decline.

Fitsum, who is small for her age due to malnutrition, was so weak during her home visit for registration that she was barely able to move. This is the most desperate of situations because not only is this girl HIV positive but she’s not receiving the care she needs to fight this disease. Some days, she doesn’t even receive enough nutrition to give her the energy to move.

Fitsum lives with her mother and father, who are also HIV positive, and her little brother. Her brother, who is three years old, has miraculously managed to escape this deadly disease. Worka, Fitsum’s mother, washes clothes for a living to help make ends meet. Her father serves as a guard which has enabled Fitsum and her family to live in their current house, an unfinished property, for free because he serves as a guard over the property until the house is finished.

Fitsum's little brother.

Fitsum’s little brother.

Their home isn’t much to speak of. The living room is bare with only a small twin mattress on the concrete floor. The whole family of four shares this mattress. There are no chairs and no bed frames, only a few decorations on the wall and a few metal pots. When the house is finished the approximate cost of monthly rent is 1000 birr or $50 USD, at which point they will need to move out to another home.

Fitsum is in very poor health from a wound on her leg. They have sought treatment for the leg but the process has been repetitive as it will start to heal up as she takes medicine for it but once the medicine is gone, it worsens. Without proper nutrition, hygiene and medication, this will continue to be a very painful, ongoing problem for this little girl.

IMG_2660Fitsum also needs attention for her leg as it is slightly bowed. Her father found a specialist in Nazreth, a good doctor that could diagnose and treat Fitsum’s leg but he doesn’t have the money to take her in for treatment.

Amidst her current health concerns, another great need for Fitsum is schooling. She will need to start school next year to be on time with other kids her age.

Fitsum is in extreme need. No child should have to live in pain every day from a wound that is months old. No child should be so hungry and weak that they cannot go outside and play. No child should have to suffer through their childhood, wondering when the pain will end and where their next meal will come from.

We would like to provide Fitsum with three things.

  1. A full monthly sponsorship so she can begin receiving grain support, medical attention and schooling.
  2. The necessary funds to get her to a specialist for her leg. The need for a visit to the specialist is $195.
  3. Furnishings for their home – a second bed, sheets, rugs for the concrete floor, some seating and a table. $360

Can you help heal this precious little girl by covering her trip to the specialist? Would you consider sponsoring Fitsum and providing her with schooling, basic medical care and monthly grain support? Perhaps you feel led to provide Fitsum with her own bed, a table to sit at or some rugs to cover their concrete floor?

Every little bit makes a difference.

Fitsum and her mother in their house.

Fitsum and her mother in their house.

Fitsum's wounded leg

Fitsum’s wounded leg

“I Saw God’s Beauty in the People.”

A Mission Trip Experience by Brittany V. from Pennsylvania

I have felt called to serve God and His people in Africa since I was five. So when I was accepted to be a short-term missionary with Blessing the Children in the summer of 2014, I couldn’t wait to do what God had put in my heart and soul.

I had never done mission work before so I didn’t quite know what to expect. After countless emails with Melissa – she’s a saint – and many questions answered, I was “ready” for Ethiopia. Little did I know how much my life would change there.

During my time serving with BCI, God opened my eyes and heart in a completely new way. It’s indescribable. I had always loved the beautiful, resilient people Africa without even meeting them. I admired them for their child-like faith and appreciation for everything even though they had indescribably difficult lives.

10584062_10152566960508232_7634582204881121058_nAfter actually meeting several adults and numerous children in the city of Debre Zeit, my admiration for these people grew like wildfire. Whether I was doing a home visit with one of the many lovely social workers, fixing up a home, or teaching English at the BCI academy with Kelkias or “H”, I saw God’s beauty in the people. Through their smiles, hugs, and laughter I felt their faith and love for God.

Through these simple experiences during my trip, I grew in my love and faith for The Creator more than I knew could be possible. I was there to serve the people and help them grow in their love for God, and I sure hope I that, but I must say they changed me and my relationship with Him forever.

???????????????????????????????Since I have been back in the US, my husband and I have begun sponsoring one of the boys I deeply connected with during my trip – Abreham. For years for Christmas I had asked for the money to sponsor a child and now I have the honor of continuing to serve sweet Abreham and his family whom I actually got to meet.

I can not wait to go back to Debre Zeit to serve the people there and to remind/reassure them of God’s beauty. Until then though, not a day goes by where I don’t think of the people I met and served. I send them God’s love and light and pray for them daily. During my many journal and prayer sessions while in Ethiopia, one piece of scripture particularly stuck out to me…

1 John 4:7-12 | Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

The people of Blessing the Children and Debre Zeit live this daily, and I’m blessed to have met and served them.