Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A Life Well Lived...
I was heartbroken to learn that today Haregewoin Teferra died at her home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For those of you who do not know, Heregewoin was the focus and inspiration for the book "There is No Me Without You". The book is eye opening, heartbreaking, and informative. Heregewoin was a living example of resilience after loss. She herself lost her husband, a biology teacher and principal, to a sudden death and then her own grown daughter to illness. She reluctantly began fostering a teen girl which led to her taking in more and more children in desperate need. She eventually opened her own foster care compound consisting of two homes. She cared for many children who were HIV positive long before there were medical treatments available for these children and when no one else would take them in, let alone consider adopting them. My prayers are with her, her family, and all the children and adults whose lives she blessed.
Her story as well as information on the book and how to help in Ethiopia can be found here: