Daniel Gatiso is married with two children and lives in the Shebedino district of Ethiopia. Daniel and his family only just got by with the money he earned as a labourer. So when he unexpectedly lost his eyesight in 2010, life quickly started to unravel.
The house that Daniel had built before he went blind began to collapse and, unable to fix their home, the family moved to Daniel’s brother’s house. Living in such close quarters and not being able to contribute to living costs was too much for Daniel’s wife. She took one child and moved back to her parents’ house while the other child remained with Daniel. The family remained separated like this for five years with no prospects of being reunited. That is until the self-help groups in the area decided to intervene.
Since 2002, self-help groups have enabled people to lift themselves out of poverty and find their own solutions to their problems. So when a cluster of self-help groups in Daniel’s district called Andinet (meaning unity) heard about Daniel’s plight, they knew they needed to help. Andinet is one of 11 Cluster Level Associations set up across Shebedino district with the help of Tearfund partner Kale Heywet Church. In response to Daniel’s situation, Andinet collected £287 along with contributions of food and construction materials. Group members also gave their time and skills to help build.
Today, Daniel and his family live together again in a brand new house. ‘I now feel complete and very happy,’ explains Daniel. ‘I started smiling again after such a long time. May God bless all who helped me and my family.’
Praise God for the difference that the Andinet self-help groups have made to Daniel’s life and for the kindness of others.
Pray for continued blessings on Daniel and his family as they piece life back together again.
Give thanks for the work of self-help groups in Ethiopia and across the developing world – that they would continue to grow in strength and number.