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).