Day 22: Through Meron’s Eyes

I will be happy to see women, especially those like me, who walked my path, women who had scars like me…reach the stage that I reached.

Meron was born in the town of Jimma. When she was 6 months old, her mother passed away. She lived with her 5 brothers and her father. When she was 8 years old, her older brother began taking advantage of her. She kept the pain inside, telling no one except one of her close friends. When she was thirteen, her father remarried—to a 14-year-old girl. Needless to say, the two did not get along very well. Her father would constantly beat her and insult her. Eventually, Meron couldn’t take it anymore and she ran away from home for three years. She returned briefly, but it was so bad she was forced to move to Addis and got a job as a cleaner at a hotel. Her friends who worked in the hotel would often prostitute themselves to travelers who were staying there. Eventually they talked her into joining them. For the next several years, she worked in different places as a prostitute. One day, though, things changed.

Meron’s friends began telling her about this organization that helped women like her. People that would genuinely love her. Meron joined our Keziah House and began a long journey of restoration. Six months later, she graduated from the Keziah House, and she continues to grow and be restored! Concerning other women in her situation, she says this: “I will be happy to see women, especially those like me, who walked my path, women who had scars like me…reach the stage that I reached.”

Thank you so much for helping restore girls like Meron to God’s Kingdom. Watch her testimony below. We promise you won’t regret it.