The Story of a Reselient Teenage

Lakech (name changed for confidentiality) is a 16 year old girl who currently shoulders the responsibility of assisting in the household to support herself, her mother, and four younger siblings. Her mom often experienced bitter domestic violence undeservedly, due to her father’s drinking problem. Over a year ago her father kicked her mom out of the house with 5 children, stemming after years of arguments. They had nowhere to go as a complete unit, so the siblings were divided amongst family and Lakech moved in with her aunt. She decided that finding work in her aunt’s village would be the best opportunity for her to support her family. Traveling home after running errands with a male family friend one day, she was forced into an abandoned hut, and was raped by him. At 15 years old, she was raped by someone she trusted. He covered her mouth so she couldn’t scream, and then left her alone in the hut after raping her. Lakech later found out that her aunt arranged the rape, and was paid by the young man to have his way with her! She confided in her grandmother, and the case was reported to the police but it was declined because there were no witnesses to the crime! She was emotionally disturbed for many weeks, but it was during this time that a community member recommended she seek help from the local group of women who are assisted by a local NGO called SWDA. After joining the organization, she claims that the life skill training was the most beneficial, helping her to cope with her emotions after being raped. She also enjoyed the business skill trainings. The trainings were eye openers for my future life.” says Lakech.

“She said, “I learned how to do business and lead my life in a better direction; now I dream of a different future. I got 2600 birr ($128) seed money from SWDA & used it to buy two sheep and a goat. I am now also selling vegetables and other household essentials.”

She is still upset that her aunt sold her into abuse, while taking on the role as her guardian. This amazingly strong young woman has somehow been able to put the abuse aside- she sits, speaks, and gestures similarly to a CEO during a board meeting; and is focused on building a better life for herself and her mother. She will keep working hard on the small business that she started (without the luxury of advancing past the 2nd grade), and eventually wants to grow the business & own a store.

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From forced Beggar to a Passionate Lawyer

Wudie Atnafu, aged 28 is from Amhara region, Debre Markos. Though she is a first born to her parents, she could not bring full joy to them as she lost her vision at birth. Her parents could not send her to school since there was no school system that accommodates children like Wudie. Unlucky Wudie was left at home while her siblings get the chance to learn. Her father brought her to Addis Ababa so that she could get the chance to get education and kept her with relatives. However, the so called relative sent her to the streets of Addis Ababa to make money of begging instead of sending her to school. Continue reading


At the Cross Road! Case Story of Zewditu Guteta (Nekemte, Bakanissa Qasse Kebele)

My name is Zewuditu Gutata. I am 50 years old. I am married and have six children. I was marginalized who was destined to lead a destitute life with my family. Even though my husband was employed in the state farm, his monthly earning barely supported our daily needs as the entire family was dependant only on this income. I had no job and did not have the skill to generate income nor had access to loan. Hence, our life was from hand to mouth not mentioning that there was a time when the family went to bed starving. Continue reading


Athletics Girls Scholarship and Women Saving group

It was one year a go that Siiqqee Women’s Development Association in collaboration with Girls Gotta Run Foundation launched “Athletic Girls Scholarship and Women Saving group” project in Bokoji the cradle of known athletes.  The objective of the project is to support girls from the destitute families who have interest in athletics while pursuing their education as an alternative career for them and for the country.

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Story of Degitiu Kassahun Age: 26

My Mum died when I was baby, so I was raised by my stepmother and father. My stepmother treated me like a maid. My father wanted to send me to school, but my stepmother refused. My brother agreed that I had to study, and stood up to my father and said that if I didn’t get to study we would leave. I was able to join school, but during grade 2 I got my first marriage proposal. My father wanted it to happen, but I didn’t want to get married. So I told my teachers, and the school wrote a letter to my father. They saved me, but I got 3 other proposals. When I refused to drop out of school, my stepmother would only feed me one time a day.

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Dalati Ecological Garden

This is one of the project interventions that SWDA is striving to address climate change through the preparation of Dalati Ecological Garden demonstration site. The project site is in Finfine Saround special Zone of Oromia  /Dalati Kebele. Total area of the demonstration site is approximately 3000m2. The objective of the site was primarily initiated for gully treatment (Soil & Water Conservation) that was threatening the settlements at the down slop and main road to Buta Jira. The constructed pond in the conservation area serves dual purpose i.e. source of water for community adjacent to the site and for seedling preparation. Though the site could be developed to be more productive and give valuable services to the organization and surrounding community, its continuity is under threat due to lack of fund. Attempts were made to prepare vegetable seedlings and transplant in the reporting period.


Child Sponsorship Program

Siiqqee strives for the welfare of destitute children who have been deprived of opportunities they should have been entitled to access. To this end, Siiqqee supports orphan and vulnerable children and those who are household heads while children, through skill training to improve their livelihood conditions, academic scholarship, and fulfillment of basic needs.

Supports are made through sponsorship. The grant is obtained from interested organizations and individuals from Australia who have volunteered to donate some amount of money to support destitute children to pursue their education in the project jurisdiction. Hence, 8 needy children were assisted in their basic needs in the reporting period with the total grant of 24,988.65 acquired for the purpose. We still have dozens of children in our waiting list looking for sponsors while the need is very broad. Interested individuals who would like to impact a life of a child could contact us.


Ethiopia Social Accountability Project Phase II (ESAPII)

This is one of the projects that SWDA had managed to secure towards the end of the reporting period. The organization competed with two other organizations to implement the program at different locations. Hence, SWDA became the lead for two other organizations (Good Semaritan & Walal Development Association) and at the same time it is the implementer of the project in two Woredas of East Wollega Zone, Nekemte and Jima Arjo three Kebeles each woreda.

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