Children of HIV+ Families in Need of Sponsorship: Sometimes it Just Can’t Be

December 27, 2010 No Comments

We met Zoraida four years ago when we first started in the Abugida school in Ethiopia.  She is a girl who had everything until the HIV+ illness, that killed her husband, affected her and has radically changed her life.  She had to return to Akaki to live with her family who, because of her illness, discriminated against her and made her live in the garden.

Zoraida is the mother of Eleni, a precious little child, who is intelligent, sweet and mature beyond her years.  Eleni was one of our first children in Abugida and is now at the Fitawrari public school.

After some time, Zoraida left her family and started a life of prostitution, prostituting herself for insignificant amounts of money. Once a month she returned to the school to see her daughter.  Mother and daughter adore each other.

We offered Zoraida a position in the Abugida school and she worked with us for over four years.  It was a hard fight to win her that position, as they didn’t want anyone with AIDS or who was HIV+ working there, she was the first.  During her time at the school she had her ups and downs including a mental breakdown for which she took medication.  During our last trip to the school she told us that she would like to continue with her studies.  We personally took charge of her studies, we wanted, with all our hearts, that she would continue moving forward and build a new life.

But Zoraida left her studies, she left Abugida without saying a word and we don’t know where she is now.  Luckily Eleni is staying with her aunt. As Zoraida will not be able to return to work in Abugida we want to arrange a sponsorship to support her daughter.

Eleni is one of four children that currently needs your help for sponsorship.  The others have all lived similarly sad stories and are on the border of survival.  The sponsorships can bring about a very important change in the life of these children.  They are the poorest of the poor.  To sponsor is to give life, a new life to a child that has nothing.  It is also a commitment to the child and to the family that will look after the child.

If you would like to sponsor one of the four children then please write to us at or

There are currently 44 children sponsored through Mediterranea and we would love to be able to make that count 48!

(note: The names of the people mentioned here have been changed to protect their privacy.)

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