The Difference a Bit of Caring Makes – Nejat and Makabel

In this series we are sharing some of the differences that family sponsorships make.  This is not a program, but rather these are individual lives that have been touched and made possible through sponsors donating a little bit that goes a long way in seeing families with so little embrace so much Hope.

Today’s family is Nejat and her son Makbel.   In the Fall of 2015, Nejat was trying to survive by washing clothing door to door and baking injera.  However, this caused a two fold problem.  For one, she had to take her son, Makbel with her which left her with few work options, put Makbel in unsafe situations and really limited Nejat’s productivity.    And two, this kind of work was not providing enough for them to survive off of, since her rent was 800 ETB per month but her income was only 400 ETB.   On top of this, Nejat has a life-defining illness which left her worrying about Makbel and her older daughter’s future.
Here is their original intake video.

EHE’s intervention for this family is simple. Provide Day Care. Provide Early Childhood Education. Provide Health Care. Provide ongoing Health Counselling and medication monitoring.  Provide 3 meals and a snack everyday to boost nutrition. Provide Social Work. Provide Micro-Savings. 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.
This simple intervention has resulted in a great change.  Nejat is healthy and is going to work everyday selling materials by the roadside.  Her income is now 1,200 ETB which allows her to pay her rent on time as well as to have some money for food.  The family is not yet sustainable on their own, but she is making incredible strides forward.   The family’s update is below.


Now Makbel no longer has to go to work with Mom, but rather he now is getting an education through play and creativity,  is interacting with other children and also is cared for by  some great caregivers.  He is getting nutrition and health care every day.  And he gets to go home with Mom every single night!

Dignity is being restored for Nejat.  Nejat is not longer alone, but now  she has hope for her whole family and she has a group of women around her.

Dignity 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 Nejat is grateful!
But we need your help. For families such as Nejat and Makbel, 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 Nejat’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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