Christmas Appeal – Ethiopia
‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.' - John 6:35 Christmas is a time of anticipation and joy, a time to celebrate the birth of Christ and for family and friends to come together over a meal to share about the good things that have happened during the year.
For many families enduring food shortages in southern Ethiopia, the anticipation of Christmas brings a sense of hope for their under-nourished children. Caring for their children, but being unable to help, is heartbreaking for parents. Ethiopian communities hope this Christmas for immediate and long-term sustainable nutrition for their children… a hope your faith-filled Christmas gift can bring to life.
Yennesh and her family
After walking for three hours from her mountain hut in the scorching morning heat, Yennesh, a young mother from the hills area of Hawassa, in southern Ethiopia, arrives at the gate of the Bushulo Health Centre. She clutches her two young children who are suffering from acute malnutrition caused by a lack of access to healthy food, including leafy green vegetables. Yennesh looks up and says a silent prayer, asking God for His mercy and help
This was Yennesh and her family just seven years ago. With her children suffering from acute malnutrition, Yennesh’s only Christmas wish was to be able to save their lives. 'Looking back' says Yennesh, 'I can see now that God has answered my prayers. Sister Anna and the Sisters have given me, and my children, so much practical support and love.'
Today, Yennesh and her family’s story is one of life, health and hope thanks to Sister Anna Kim and the Sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), who manage Bushulo Health Centre.
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The Sisters are helping to save the lives of undernourished children every day; however, their current emergency services are directly dependent upon generous donations from our faithful Catholic Mission donors such as yourself, and the broader Catholic Church, to continue.