Selamawit and Melakanesh are two young mothers united by hope. When their first born sons were both diagnosed with autism, both women sought assistance from the Nia Foundation - one of the few specialist organisations providing support to autistic children in Ethiopia.
Enderyas was born with a hearing disability. He could not work – not because he didn’t want to work but because the view of his community was that disabled people were unable to work. He received vocational training and now earns a living as a textile worker.
Sefiya lives in the Asella prison with her daughter. Due to better prison conditions, training and micro-finance opportunities, the prospects for Selfiya and her family have improved. With her growing income she can now send her eldest daughter back to school.