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Fortune Vol. 22 No. 1126 Nov. 28, 2021                                                                                                                      Page 19

   Sunday with EdenBy Eden Sahle - edensah2000@gmail.com.

The Universal Language of Care, as Spoken by Trhas

There are rare people whose life       young woman’s horrifying suicide          Women and girls                    dreams and goals in life. She could     The love and care she offered did
trajectory is marked by the brave      scene. The woman had lost three         were forced to carry                 not stand the fact that women were      not need translation as it spoke
choices they made at a time of         of her children in childbirth and                                            shamed and cursed because of their      for itself.
uncertainty and hardship. One          ended her life to escape society’s        heavy loads and                    natural gifts that brought life to the
of them is Trhas Mezgebe, who          shaming. At that time in the village,   treated as property                  world. She could not leave behind       Her decades of hard labour paid
ventured into harm’s way and made      it was common to send women off        as families exchanged                 the young women thrown out on           off. Enough awareness has been
a difference in many women’s and       alone to give birth by themselves in     them in marriage.                   the streets when they suffer fistulas   brought to the town that the
communities’ lives. Even moments       the woods. Those women who did                                               due to child marriage and birth         community lets women give birth
before she breathed her last breath,   not come back with a child in their    Women also suffered from female       complications.                          in health centres and provide
on a Monday, she had unwavering        arms were considered cursed and        genital mutilation, untreated         For Trhas, a new ambition was           postpartum care. She built schools
commitment and passion to those        will be outcasts from family and       fistulas, and child marriage. Women   born. She was determined to fight       and hired teachers to educate men
she cared deeply about. She kept her   communities. The harmful culture       and girls were forced to carry        for the rights of these women. She      and women. She proved that no one
illness from everyone throughout all   leaves a grieving mother who lost      heavy loads and treated as property   started supporting them from her        needs wealth or funding but a heart
of it, working tirelessly to make      her child to dig a hole and bury       as families exchanged them in         own limited income. When she            willing to bring a positive change
other people’s lives better.           her baby’s body alone with no one      marriage to several men in return     lost her job, she used the cash her     in society.
She was always there, offering help,   comforting her.                        for dowry.                            brother used to send her for living
guidance, and encouragement to                                                                                      costs to support the women.             Although her physical presence is
many. She was soft-spoken, gentle,     Trhas had witnessed that women         This culture, which stripped women    It was not long after she started her   no longer with us, her incredible
and respectful, yet unmovable in       in Pawe used to be isolated during     of their dignity and human rights,    work that the Network of Ethiopian      work changed an entire community
her determination to fight abuse       delivery and after until they became   humiliating them in every possible    Women’s Associations and others         and the lessons she taught many of
against women.                         clean from childbirth bleeding.        way, angered Trhas. It compelled      discovered her and offered financial    us lives on. It is such a hands-on
Trhas came to Ethiopia over two        They were forced to leave their        her to offer a helping hand, even     support for her initiative. Her         approach to change people's and
decades ago from Eritrea as a          home during menstruation and           if it meant she had to sacrifice her  organisation, Mujejeguwa Loka           communities' lives that helps us
fresh high school graduate. She        remain isolated. The culture                                                 Women Development Association,          keep faith in the human species,
planned to travel to Europe, study,    believed that women’s menstrual                                              officially registered almost two        and if enough people practise
get married and start her own          blood brought with it a curse, thus                                          decades ago, expanded the helping       giving back to the community, it
family. As she waited for her visa in  triggering the segregation that left                                         hand.                                   will be possible to make the world
the town of Pawe, Metekel Zone of      women emotionally tormented.                                                 Trhas understood change                 a better place.
the Benishangul-Gumuz Regional         Women were left in pain and died                                             starts by educating families and
State, working for an international    all alone because of the culture                                             communities. Care was her                Eden Sahle is founder and
company, her life changed forever.     that believed babies born inside                                             language of communication with          CEO of Yada Technology Plc. She
She was driving in Pawe with her       a house or with assistance would                                             the girls and women, whose local        has studied law with a focus on
friend when she came across a          be unhealthy and bring the family                                            tongue she did not speak at first.      international economic law. She
                                       bad luck.                                                                                                            can be reached at edensah2000@
                                                                                                                                                            gmail.com.

A NN O U N C EMENTS

       Invitation to Bid for Hotel Services                                             Invitation to Bid for Pre- Qualification of
                                                                                        Veterinary medical items and equipment
                           Ref. No. 000120/21
                                                                                                            Ref. No. WVE/SCM/000123/22
World Vision Ethiopia (WVE) is an International Humanitarian Christian
Organization whose objective is to provide holistic and integrated development    World Vision Ethiopia (WVE) is an International Humanitarian Christian Organization
and emergency response programs in the country.                                   whose objective is to provide holistic and integrated development and emergency
                                                                                  response programs in the country.
World Vision’s work in Ethiopia contributes to the well-being of vulnerable
children in partnership with the church, civil society and the government.        World Vision’s work in Ethiopia contributes to the well-being of vulnerable children
Initiatives include education, food security, health, HIV and AIDS, water,        in partnership with the church, civil society and the government. Initiatives include
sanitation, and hygiene, as well as sponsorship management. All programs          education, food security, health, HIV and AIDS, water, sanitation, and hygiene, as
are implemented with the goal of addressing the strategic and basic needs         well as sponsorship management. All programs are implemented with the goal of
of children while supporting and building the capacity of families and            addressing the strategic and basic needs of children while supporting and building
communities.                                                                      the capacity of families and communities.

World Vision Ethiopia would like to invite highly experienced 4 star Hotels       World Vision Ethiopia would like to invite highly experienced suppliers for Veterinary
and above in Addis Ababa for provision of Hotel Services for long term basis.     medical items and equipment

Eligible Hotels can collect Terms of Reference from WVE Procurement               Eligible vendors may collect Request for proposal (RFP) document from WVE
department through the address shown below by delivering credential               Procurement Unit with the address shown below through presenting credentials
renewed license during working hours (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00PM              during working hours (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00PM to 4:00PM), From November
to 4:00PM), From November 29 to December 20, 2021. Kindly be informed             29, 2021 to December 20, 2021. The bidding document (RFP) will be distributed to
on Friday office will be closed at 2:00PM (8:00 Local time).                      the bidders through e-mail address given to the unit

         WVE- Gerji the way to Mebrat Hayl next to Anbessa Garage                              WVE- Gerji the way to Mebrat Hayl next to Anbessa Garage

                         Head office, Block-1- Room # 002                                                      Head office, Block-1- Room # 002

         Phone: +251-116-293350/ +251-116-29-41-28 P.O.Box-3330                                Phone: +251-116-293350/ +251-116-29-41-28 P.O. Box-3330

                                      Addis Ababa                                                                           Addis Ababa

The bidder shall submit the original and copy of the bid in separate envelopes    The bidder shall submit original and copy of the bid in separate envelopes sealed and
sealed and stamped, duly marking the envelopes as “ORIGINAL” and “COPY”           stamped, duly marking the envelopes as “ORIGINAL” and “COPY” for Technical and
for Technical and Financial proposals separately (including copies of renewed     Financial proposals separately (including copies of renewed Trade License, Business
Trade License, Business Registration License, Tax Payer’s Registration, VAT       Registration License, Tax Payer’s Registration, VAT Registration, and professional
Registration, and professional competency Certificates).                          competency Certificates).

All documents (Technical and Financial proposals) must be delivered to the        All documents (Technical and Financial proposals) must be delivered to the address
address above in the bid box prepared for the purpose on or before 12:00          above in the bid box prepared for the purpose on or before 12:00 AM (06:00 Local
AM on December 22, 2021. Please note that the submitted documents will            time) on December 21, 2021.
be opened by WVE Procurement committee and the technical evaluation
result will be posted on WVE notice board and will be communicated to the         Please note that the submitted documents will be opened by WVE Procurement
bidders up on the completion of technical evaluation.                             committee and the technical evaluation result will be posted on WVE notice board and
                                                                                  will be communicated to the bidders up on the completion of technical evaluation.
World Vision Ethiopia reserves the right to accept or reject all or any parts of  The pass mark for technical evaluation is 70%.
the bid at any time without assigning any reason whatsoever.
                                                                                  The supplier is expected to submit a bid bond amount of 1% of the financial proposal.

                                                                                  The winner will be obliged to issue CPO or equivalent unconditional bank guarantee
                                                                                  amounting 5% of the estimated contract value in favor of WVE.

                                                                                  World Vision Ethiopia reserves the right to accept or reject all or any parts of the bid
                                                                                  at any time without assigning any reason whatsoever.
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