Tesfanish Shegaza

Child's Information

  • Sex: Female
  • Date of Birth: Jun 10, 2013
  • Child's Health: Healthy currently, not sure about the time at his birth.

Mother's Information

  • Mother's Name: Birke (aunt)
  • Mother's Age: 35
  • Marital Status: Widowed
  • Other Children: Besufekad, age 18 and Kalkidan, age 9. She is very proud of her oldest son that loves to study and gets very high grades. He is at university now.
  • Income Source: She does cleaning jobs.
  • Residence: Renting
  • Education: Grade 3
  • Desired Employment: She would collect trash, wash clothes, bake injera, or clean homes.
  • Program Expectations: "I am happy because I can cover all of my family's expenses now."
  • Dream for Child: "After they graduate from school, that they find a good job, so they don't have the same life as they do now." Maybe she will be a police officer.
  • Mother's Health: She is HIV+ and doing fine taking anti-viral medications.
  • History: Birke is Tesfanish's aunt. When she went to her sister's funeral, she discovered what had happened. When her sister gave birth, she died due to loss of blood. There are 3 other siblings and she tried to care for more, but just couldn't financially. Since this time, the father has remarried and the remaining 3 siblings are being raised with them. She was born in Gojam and came to Addis 25 years ago for treatment of her skin. She came with a blind aunt that she cared for until she passed away. She was married and widowed 10 years ago and at that time got tested and discovered she was HIV+. She was remarried a couple years later and had a child with her husband, but later divorced him because he was an alcoholic.

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