Koni Yimer, our Program Manager in Ethiopia, recently sat down for a chat with Kefer, a BTO graduate. During their conversation Kefer shared some of her life experiences, as well as her hopes for the future.
Kefer, what was your life like before?
I grew up in an orphanage and when I turned 18 I was forced to leave. This was when I started working at a local cafe. However this soon closed and I was at high risk.
Life was scary. I was fearful and sad, and had nowhere to go.
What happened after you joined our program?
I was saved from living a street life. BTO rented a house for me and my friends. I felt like people cared about me and that they’d help me find a job and become self reliant.
How did you feel when you graduated from BTO?
When I graduated I was already working in retail. I felt that I was ready to start my own life.
What are your goals for the future?
I want to have my own shop in the future. I want to develop skills in retail/small business and improve my life. Because of inflation, everything is becoming very expensive and it will be very difficult for me, unless I increase my income. So that’s my main goal.
A year of transformations
Nepalese children feel supported, loved and secure during their first year in our program. In July 2015, Beyond The Orphanage expanded its unique care model to Nepal. This was an exciting development for our organisation, and one that wouldn't have been possible without our wonderful supporters. Your contributions - whether through financial donations, fundraising, sponsorship, emotional...