Towards the end of 2012, I went to a prison with my close friend in order to visit his sister. That occasion gave me opportunity to observe different women and children in that prison. The women, youth and children were seemed to be in a real challenging situation. Because of that the idea with different questions came to my mind. My close friend and I were constantly giving our sister various clothes, hygiene items and other materials she needed. Whenever we visited that prison, I observed a lot of similar women who needed help, and immediately I came up with an idea of reaching more women and children who needed some help not just in prison but in their daily lives .
For this reason, I kept asking myself, “Are there many sisters who are troubled, anxious, and unable to keep themselves clean? who else is visiting pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers? There were some other pregnant women; Some of the women were even breast feeding, and there were also young children who were under 18. Beyond all, I also questioned myself about youth and children whose parents are incarcerated. Likewise, our country’s economic situation was evidently an addition. “
It was after this very pressing mental question that I began think of establishing a charity work. At the beginning, I consulted Mr. Assefa who had been a principal in Hawassa prison for a long period of time. He encouraged me by providing a lot of information. Then I also consulted people who were in prison regarding their basic needs in Hawassa prison. I informed the prison administrators that I wanted to help the inmates in different prisons who were in difficult situations and in need of help. I asked them how and what I could do for those vulnerable prisoners who were in a such complicated circumstances.
The officer, Mr. Assefa accepted my call with a sincere heart and provided me various suggestions. He exhibited me the ways forward. Later, he worked with me for three consecutive years until he unfortunately deceased. Regardless of his loss, I continued working closely with other officials to help those needy people in Hawassa prison until 2016. Before his death, Mr. Assefa of course helped me in networking volunteers in the nearby prisoners such as Dilla, Alaba and Wolaita Sodo.
Furthermore, I expanded my own networking and shared my vision to my close friends& relatives. With all the enthusiasm that I got, at the beginning, I started this charitable service in December/2012 with my own expenses. Few weeks later, I got some volunteers who were willing to provide some materials as a part of this service. The service was widely used in urban prisons.
When we do this, we provide different clothes for men and women, hygiene for women, a variety of supplies, and soap and ointment for everyone. For food we have been transporting flour, oil, syrup, pasta, macaroni, and rice using rental cars. I have also been collecting and distributing different books including spiritual reading materials to enhance libraries. Besides this, we have been providing exercise books, pens & pencils for students whose parents have been in detention.
Welcome to Sharing Love Charitable Organization
Donating Outside Ethiopia
Please telephone Temesgen Tadesse Abo to express your interest in donating to SLCO:
Mobile: +251 930 176 860
Sharing Love Charitable Organization is a network of Ethiopian volunteers. It was the initiative of Mr. Temesgen Tadesse Abo. He began supporting prisoners and their families in 2012. The former Ethiopian University academic Kebede Ergudo Erbelo, is a chief coordinator for volunteers and projects supervisor.
SLCO calls for donations to help prisoners and their families. Donations are direct to the Ethiopian bank accounts listed here.
Donating Within Ethiopia
Commercial Bank of Ethiopia – 1000332573307
Oromiya International Bank –130006830001
Dashen Bank – 0039103035011
Birhan International Bank – 2500220091177
- Account name for all: Sharing Love Charitable Organization