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Raises £43K for clinic wing

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to hear.

“We’ve had women talk­ing about how they were go­ing to com­mit sui­cide be­cause of the shame they felt, and the clinic was able to help them.”

Over the years Mau­reen and Jo have found them­selves see­ing the reality of what life in Ethiopia can be like – as well as the dif­fer­ence they can make.

Mau­reen said: “There was a woman who was 67, and was dy­ing be­cause of the pro­lapses.

“So we took her into hos­pi­tal, found a bed, cleared the bed our­selves and were then asked which of us would give blood for her. Nei­ther of us could do that.

“At the gate out­side there are groups of young peo­ple who sim­ply stand there wait­ing for peo­ple to come out and pay them to give blood, which is what we had to do.

“The next year we saw her again, and she came danc­ing over to us be­cause she was healthy again.”

The Ethiopia ex­pe­ri­ence also means that Mau­reen has to make some ad­just­ments when she gets back home.

“There’s no wa­ter, the elec­tric­ity can only be on for a cou­ple of hours and then when I come back I’m a com­pletely dif­fer­ent per­son for a cou­ple of months.

“My girl­friends don’t want to be near me be­cause if I see them wast­ing any­thing I’ll be moan­ing at them.

“It’s a hard life, but it’s very sim­ple – you get up, you help those women and that’s it.

“We’re up at 6.30am and in bed by 8pm – it’s like a board­ing school. The nuns are won­der­ful, though.”

The clinic re­quires con­tin­ual do­na­tions to stay open, with £ 5 enough to se­cure five pairs of pants, £10 a blan­ket and £15 enough to feed an Ethiopian woman for a month; £500 can build a new house, and £1000 pays the en­tire staff of the cen­tre for a month.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.ethiopi­amed­i­cal­pro­ject.com

Gifts Mau­reen and her cousin, Jo Mid­dle­miss, are wel­comed when they get to Africa

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