The Difference a Bit of Caring Makes – Melkam and Kalkidan

EHE’s intervention that was made possible through family sponsorships has made a great difference in the life of Melkam and her daughter Kalkidan.

The Kore’ slum can be a difficult place to live.  Tight conditions.  Small muddy paths.  Rocky terrain.  Main Streets busy with pedestrians and cars.   It can make navigating with a child challenging.

Now imagine doing it blind with a 3 year old?  That was Melkam’s situation when she came to EHE with her daughter Kalkidan.   As a blind woman, Melkam’s only hope was to beg for a living.   She was illiterate .  And her husband was sick at home and unable to work.  She had little hope.

Here is her original profile form.


 EHE’s intervention for this family is simple. Provide Nursery School. Provide Health Care for the family. Provide 3 meals and a snack everyday to boost nutrition. Provide Social Work.  Provide Community. Provide some Basic Needs. Take the burden off of Mom in an individualised way while nurturing a child in a holistic way.

Providing the love of Jesus in practical ways for both Mom and child.

Today, it is hard to express the difference that can be seen in Kalkidan.  She is getting ready to graduate from Kindergarten which means she will start 1st Grade in the Fall.   Dad is feeling much better and he is now able to work again to help provide for the family.  Melkam is begging, because it is the primary cultural opportunity available to her.  However, she does so with a different mindset today.


She has her husband back.  Her daughter is in school getting the education she never had.  She has supportive people around her who provide her with community.  Hope is being restored.    Here is the latest update on this family. 

EHE180Dignity is being restored to this family one step at a time and it is making a world of difference! This family is being preserved and Melkam and her husband are  grateful!

But we need your help. For families such as Melkam and Kalkidan, we took them into the project without sponsors in place. It is how we always do it – we invite families in, trusting that God will speak into the hearts of folks to sponsor them long term. Is God speaking to you today?

Would you partner with us through family sponsorship for families like Melkam’s as well as others?

You can view those families that need sponsors at

Thank you for making a difference in their lives – one step at a time.

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