Gudatu's fortune


It was an angelic foundling that nurses discovered at the Mettu-Karl Hospital three years ago. The girl with full lips and big eyes was lying in a remote corner, wrapped in a dirty cloth. When the nurses examined the eight-month-old child, they found wounds on her back which must have been caused by long periods in a lying position. When they shook a bunch of keys in front of the child’s face there was no reaction. Her head was crooked; her hands were bent and cramped. Sometimes she was shaken by seizures. She was apparently unable to move her arms and legs. What was to become of this child they named Gudatu?

Children give Gudatu loving care

Due to superstition and the lack of education in rural Ethiopia, disabilities are often met with prejudices. Families with handicapped children live with a feeling of disappointment, guilt and shame. Against this background, Gudatu had great fortune that she was abandoned and that Almaz Böhm came to her bedside during a visit to the hospital. Moved by the girl’s fate, she arranged for her to be transferred to the Abdii-Borii children’s home of Menschen für Menschen.

The rooms and garden here are filled with the shouting and laughing of the 158 children who live there. Gudatu has come to life in these lively surroundings, her nurse Nuria Musa (39) reports. Despite her severe handicap she has been fully integrated and is lovingly cared for by the other girls and boys. She now shows a reaction when her name is spoken. She follows the children at play, not only with her eyes; she also turns her neck slightly to the left and right. She can stretch out her legs and bend them again. Physiotherapist Gadissa Obsi from the Mettu-Karl Hospital is sure that she will soon be able to move her hands: "Our goal is to eventually have her sitting and standing without assistance."

"Perhaps she can even be healed,” Nuria hopes. “Here in the home I have already raised 40 healthy children," she says with tears in her eyes. "They come as babies and after two years at the latest they can say what they want and need. Gudatu is still unable to do that after three years." But there are often happy moments when working with Gudatu. When Nuria returns after a day off, Gudatu makes little whooping noises. These moments have encouraged Nuria Musa to make a promise: "I will look after Gudatu as long as I live."


CHF

Beneficiary:
Donations account:
Account Number 18180018
Bank Code 701 500 00
BIC SSKMDEMM
IBAN DE64701500000018180018
Donations account:
Account Number 18180018
Bank Code 701 500 00
BIC SSKMDEMM
IBAN DE64701500000018180018
Spendenkonto:
Postkonto 90-700000-4

Stiftung Menschen für Menschen Karlheinz Böhms Äthiopienhilfe, 8002 Zürich

IBAN-Code:
CH97 0900 0000 9070 0000 4
BIC SSKMDEMM
IBAN DE64701500000018180018
Abdii-Borii