|Dear Sponsors,It is with the deepest sadness that we write to inform you that Dr Jember Teferra passed away last Thursday in the U.K.Jember will be known to many of you – she is the founder and inspiration behind the work of the two charities in Addis Ababa, CBISDO and AHISDO, where our sponsored children and elderly are supported.|
|Dr Jember Teferra had been living in London for the last four years and unexpectedly passed away in hospital on Thursday. Her Christian faith and passion to help the poor has inspired countless others to follow a similar path through life, including each of the Trustees of Tesfa. We all carry fond memories of our visits to Addis and time spent with Jember there as well as her annual visits to the UK to encourage the supporters of the work she founded in the poorest areas in Addis Ababa.It is testimony to Jember that CBISDO and AHISDO are still striving to help the most needy in the communities in which they work.Please pray with us for her family both here in the UK and in Ethiopia.|
Paul, Ben and Simon
Whilst our TV news has understandably focused on the UK’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, it won’t surprise you to know that Africa is now being significantly affected. Ethiopia reported its first case of COVID-19 on 13 March 2020 and the government has taken various measures to control the pandemic, including a 5 month state of emergency.
You may have seen that we have recently launched a special appeal to help support our two partner organisations, CBISDO and AHISDO, during the Coronavirus pandemic.
How have we reached the decision to launch an appeal? And how will the money be used? Continue reading “How is COVID affecting our partner communities?”
We have been working hard to make it easier for people to support Tesfa’s work with our community groups in Addis Ababa. For most people, making a regular sponsorship payment by standing order is their main way of supporting Tesfa – and that very much remains our primary model. But there are times when people would like to provide some extra support to our communities, or when there is a specific need. The growing impact of the COVID pandemic is a current and pressing example.
We are always happy to receive donations by cheque or online tranfer (if you have our bank details). But for some people it will be much easier to make a donation online using a credit card or PayPal. We’re very pleased that this is now possible, using a service called Total Giving. Why not try it now?
Note: This post was first emailed to supporters in April 2020
Dear Sponsor, hoping you’re all keeping safe and well
We wanted to give you the very latest news from our partner CBISDO, who run the project that looks after your sponsored child in Addis Ababa. This communication has arrived from the Manager this week:
Currently things are not good here in Addis Ababa. People are horrified by corona virus or covid-19.The government has closed university, high schools, elementary schools,and kindergarten.And also some governmental organisations have been closed. So far, it is about 44 people have been positive in covid-19, two person died.
In the project itself, Provision of food services has stopped due to corona virus. Some students have come and take way their food. We have distributed sanitation material to their parents. And also government organisations have planned to support us in kind support.
We are keeping in direct touch with our partners and through our consultant based in Addis who visits the project regularly on our behalf. That way, we will be able to keep you updated as they work through the immense challenges they face plus let you know of any other ways that we can help them during these unprecedented times.
We give thanks for our loyal sponsors always but especially at this toughest of times that is impacting us all.
And please join us in praying for all our sponsored children, their families, those working in CBISDO for their health and protection.
Paul, Ben and Simon
The last week has been spent with our friends at AHISDO and CBISDO as we start a new chapter as a newly registered UK Charity. The main aim was to discuss and formalise a partnership agreement, whilst getting a good sense of how things are going.
It’s so encouraging to see the huge changes made in both organisations. There are still big challenges, and some major needs. The same applies to Ethiopia at large. Costs just keep on going up and up, especially food costs, and it’s hard to know how people survive. In this context, the work that both organisations do is invaluable: not just providing a lifeline for the children and elderly you sponsor, but offering opportunities for a fuller life.
However, there is a sense of hope: not only for the country, but also for AHISDO and CBISDO. After a lovely week of renewing relationships and setting out plans for the future, we look forward to continuing our support so that this hope is fulfilled.
Simon Paylor is a Trustee
It’s been our vision for some time to create a new Trust to build on the Sponsorship charitable work we have been running through our long-term partner, Life Church, over the last 19 years.
The vision is that over time, we will be able to expand the work and our links with two very special local charities working in the slums of Addis Ababa.
To our existing sponsors, we say a huge thank-you for all your support for the sponsorship schemes – you really are making a massive difference to the lives of the children and the elderly.
And to anyone thinking of becoming a sponsor – please do get in touch, we’d love to have you on board!
All the best
Paul Wilson is Chair of the trustees
The Tesfa Sponsorship Trust UK has now received its registration from the UK’s Charity Commission! Our registered number is 1177205.
Congratulations to our partner NGO, AHISDO, who have launched a new website! You can find out more about AHISDO’s work and organisation, as well as seeing pictures from around the community. See more for yourself at: