|In Loving Memory
Enquayehu Asres was an Outreach Worker at LSN-Ethiopia. Last month, she contracted an illness and passed away. Everyone at LSN mourns her loss. She was a best friend to all of the survivors she worked with, and had a special gift with children.
Enquayehu lost her leg when she was only three years old, and understood the special challenges children face. She felt very strongly that children should not be made to feel “less” because they were different. “Children are made to feel that they are not worthy even to be seen in public if they are missing a limb. That is not right. I tell them that they are beautiful and they can do anything, with determination and support it is possible.”
Enquayehu was one of the first staff members of LSN-Ethiopia. Her colleagues there called her a model Outreach Worker. LSN-Ethiopia used her expertise to change the lives of many of its beneficiaries. It is because of her contribution and dedication that LSN-Ethiopia has made the great strides it has in helping survivors. Most of LSN-Ethiopia’s child survivors call her “Etete,” an Ethiopian title which is given to close relatives like mother, aunt or elder sister. Said one of the LSN-Ethiopia staff, “All LSN-Ethiopia staff and survivors were deeply touched and affected by her death. May God rest her soul in peace.”
Enquayehu was determined to make a difference in the lives of the survivors she worked with. “One of the challenges we face is the negative attitude of our families, schools and community. That is why LSN is making an effort to work with children and youth survivors in peer support groups. We encourage them to share their experiences. Not to remain alone and isolated.” Her work with LSN was very important to her, and she knew she was changing lives for the better. “They trust me, I have their acceptance. They listen to me, and I am also learning from them. Many of them express to me their support and appreciation. This always gives me the courage, strength and interest to keep working with survivors and LSN.”
Enquayehu Asres was 49 years old. She will be greatly missed.