Danka House, Dembidollo

Danka House, Dembidollo

Sister Alganesh Assefe: “We believe that education is a primary means by which young girls from poor rural families can break the cycle of poverty and oppression they experience from one generation to the next. We believe that our Hostel and education support for these poor girls will assist in providing them with opportunities not otherwise available to them. Through this, we hope that they may become self-reliant, increase their self-esteem and improve the quality of their lives and the lives of their families.”

An incredible project undertaken in Danka, Dembidollo, has provided board for around 320 girls since its conception in 2001. This includes living quarters, food and security. The program helps those in greatest need and at highest risk. At any given time there are up to 27 girls at the hostel. Many of the poorest in the community ask for the Daughters to take their children in during school term, particularly those that live far away from any schools. Many of the children are at very high risk of kidnap, assault, trafficking, domestic slavery, or have no one else to turn to. The Dembidollo boarding school allows girls in the area to focus on their studies and give them many more prospects in the future. The Daughters believe that if you educate a girl, you will educate a nation, and this is the key philosophy behind the boarding school.

Sena is a great example of the good work the hostel does. Her mother died when she was 7 months old and was living with her grandparents when our sisters went to visit her. Sena was very malnourished and was crying with hunger before being taken to the hostel. She is now 13 years old and is in grade 8. The change in her health, happiness, education and self-esteem is amazing. Unfortunately, there are many more children who want and need help, and the Daughters hope to do everything to be able to give these students the same chance others receive.