Abebe was just nine years old when she lost her father to AIDS. Soon after, her mother met the same cruel fate. Not only was Abebe devastated by grief, she was also now an orphan with nobody to protect her. She was forced to begin a life on the streets, begging for scraps of food and struggling desperately just to stay alive. This is an existence no child should have to endure.
As soon as Abebe started to attend Hope's street children's breakfast she started to recover – not just physically, through the nutritious food she received – but also mentally, regaining the confidence to have hopes and ambitions for the future. She has now finished the informal lessons offered after breakfast and has enrolled in a school so she can study to become a midwife – an occupation she hopes will allow her to help others.
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