A remarkable and courageous Ethiopian woman, Haregewoin Teferra single-handedly founded an orphanage for Ethiopian children, many of which are infected with HIV. Deeply affected by the death of both her husband, Worku, and her eldest daughter, Atetegeb, Haregewoin mourned in seclusion until a Catholic not-for-profit organization convinced her to shelter a homeless girl. What began as a generous gesture gradually expanded until, several years later, she had provided sanctuary to more than 400 children.

Many of the children infected with HIV had been turned away by other organizations out of fear. Named after Haregewoin’s late family members, the Atetegeb Worku Memorial Orphans Support Association receives no government funding; rather, it operates with help from the Children for Peace (ONLUS) and other charitable organizations.

Haregewoin Teferra passed away in 2009. Her story prompted author and journalist Melissa Fay Green to publish a book in 2006 entitled There Is No Me without You.

About the Author

Nabila Khashoggi is the founder of Nabila K, a naturally derived skin care line and author of a Children’s comic book series, Spartan and the Green Egg. Dedicated to the well being of children around the world, Ms. Khashoggi actively supports the Italian charity organization The Children for Peace (ONLUS).

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About Nabila Khashoggi

A veteran businesswoman, philanthropist, mother, and actress, Nabila Khashoggi’s multifaceted career spans three decades and residence on several continents. Working primarily to secure financing for entertainment and industrial projects from her office in New York, Nabila Khashoggi is also about to market a new line of natural cosmetic products. Intending to raise childhood awareness of other cultures, geography, and the environment, she is also writing a children’s comic book series, entitled Spartan and the Green Egg. Nabila Khashoggi received her education in France, Switzerland, and England, later accepting a position as a Vice President of Triad Commercial Corporation and Al-Nasr Trading, companies that her father controlled. Her daily responsibilities involved import-and-export transactions, commodities trading, project development, and the financing of agricultural complexes in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In 1983, Nabila Khashoggi co-founded Infolex, a search engine for travel information developed by software engineers with design and marketing experience whose work anticipated the technology on which today’s travel search engines rely. This cutting-edge solution provided users with speedy access to travel information at airports and hotels throughout Europe and North America. For the next three years, Nabila Khashoggi worked with her brother to establish Mara Intrepids Camp as a Kenyan tourist destination. She also devoted energy to developing and marketing properties in such major markets as London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. Another one of her ventures during this period involved financing and marketing mobile hospital units and associated medical equipment. With ambitions beyond business, Nabila Khashoggi has pursued training as an actress, performing on stage, in film, and on television. She is a committed supporter of The Children for Peace (ONLUS), an Italian-based nonprofit organization benefitting children in third-world countries. She is the mother of two sons and actively encourages environmental responsibility and organic lifestyle habits.

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