Story of Yedidya

How a foster to adopt family in Ethiopia is coping during the COVID-19 crisis

May 15, 2020

Yedidya was found abandoned as an infant in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. When she was found, the police brought her to safety. Biniyam and Enatenesh live in Addis Ababa and have been married for four years. They both own their own business in transportation. When the couple heard about Bethany’s foster-to-adopt program from a friend—they decided to take the step toward adoption. After some time, they were matched with Yedidya.

Yedidya was welcomed into the couple’s home that summer, and her adoption was finalized late that winter season. Biniyam and Enatenesh describe Yedidya’s adjustment to her new home as gradual. Enatenesh spends most of the day at home and gets to spend quality time with Yedidya. The family has been deeply affected by COVID-19. Transportation services are currently very low in demand. As the price of food continues to soar because of inflation and the global pandemic, Biniyam and Enatenesh are faced with creating alternative business ventures in order to survive the season.

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