Imaginative Observations of a Child:

Helen G. Gezahegn in Her Own Words

Ghebremichael, Asghedom

Dec. 23 2008

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to a hard working family, Helen is a 6th grader, an eleven years old child. Her countenance radiates powerful imagination and capability to compare and contrast the material world around her. Helen visited Ethiopia with her parents recently. The visit covered mainly Addis Ababa and Mekele cities, where she observed the psychological and physical impacts of abject poverty on children. She decided to initiate a project that many of us do not even think let alone campaigning to make it happen. Below is what Helen read at a very festive, overnight, Christmas party, which was organized by the Sociocultural and Relief Association of Tigraian Ethiopians in Alberta (SoRATEA) on December 20, 2008.

Here are the eleven years old child’s own words: “Hello everybody, First of all, I want to tell you all Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year. I would just like a few words to share with every one of you to express my feelings: and hope for Ethiopia. On my mind during my 3-month vacation to Ethiopia, Mekele walking around the city and looking at my own people made me feel proud of myself and my culture. But what kept on bothering me was that kids under the age of 5 on the streets with no parents, shelter, food, clothing, and no hope. And just to compare it with all our lives and to say over and over again how lucky we all are but never realized it. So, on my mind I was thinking about how can I help their lives and give them a chance of hope. Just imagine for a second without your parents you would be hopeless no one to guide you through the darkness of the world. So, my point is if we all work together as brothers and sisters and try to make a difference in Ethiopia by giving them hope in their hearts and letting their dream come true!

They might want to become an engineer, lawyer, teacher, and a doctor anything! We just need to give them the confidence and education to accomplish in life. So, if you have any extra school supplies that are unneeded like a backpack or a pencil case think twice before throwing it out there might be someone across the world from you that need it, that goes for clothing too. So, what I am trying to do is build a school for the less fortunate in Ethiopia but will be needing your help! If you would like to make a donation please give it to the Tigray Community. Please and thank you for your time. E>Bye<3”

A motivating and an inspiring message to us all, thank you Helen! Please send a message of encouragement to Helen through agg0501@telus.net We will be happy to deliver your message.

We extend our best wishes to everyone for a Merry Christmas and for peace, harmony, and successes during and beyond the New Year of 2009.

The war against poverty in Ethiopia must continue.

Victory is inevitable!

SoRATEA