Ethiopian Charity leader receives award.

Jember Teferra. Not a name that means very much to many people, but it should. This lady has spent her life in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, fighting for the rights of the poorest of the poor in her capital city. People who live in slums and until she came along, had no voice. But she has helped to save 52,000 + people from poverty by setting up project teams to help the people in a ‘holistic’ or whole person approach, dealing with their housing, education, health, food needs etc and then providing a way for these people to take a low interest loan, start a small business and become self financing. David Dimbleby once referred to her as a ‘modern day Mother Teresa’.

Not a celebrity, no. But here she is, this last weekend (5 Oct) receiving a small engraved silver plate from a few of her supporters. It seems such a small token for such a huge work and yet she is grateful.

It is the Literature Festival in our town at the moment. Celebrities abound. Some with airs and graces sign copious quantities of books and receive the accolades of their fame and status by an often fawning crowd. Jember isn’t a celebrity, she is hardly known but isn’t her work worth celebrating? What a topsy turvey world we live in where someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for the basic human rights of a voiceless majority is so little known and someone who has simply given people some entertainment and written a book or two is so venerated.

About journojohnson

I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for CPO's Inspire magazine but have also written for the New Writer, Classic Ford, Woman Alive and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I have just published my first work of fiction, a romantic novella based around an Alpha Course with Amazon. It can be found at http://amzn.to/1TdHiDx
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1 Response to Ethiopian Charity leader receives award.

  1. An article about this conference and award was published in our local paper, the Gloucestershire Echo 15/10/13 as a result of a press release and photo I sent in.

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