One of the tasks I am most proud of is getting these (pictured above) women recognized for the amazing job they were doing through using photography and storytelling. Because of the efforts of these women, no child was not born with HIV in their small town, Korem, Tigray. I wrote their story while working for Management Science for Health, and I submitted it to the Real Awards, a first-of-its-kind global awards program designed to develop greater respect and appreciation for health workers and the lifesaving care they provide in the United States and around the world. Teberih Tsegay, Almaz Haile, Jember Alemayehu, and Yeshi Derebew are later honored for their work as recipients of the 2014 REAL Awards, given by Save the Children and Frontline Health Workers Coalition.
The honorees were announced, at a ceremony in Laguna Niguel, California. The winners hail from the US and 12 other countries around the globe. As four of the ten honorees in the Community Health Worker category, the Korem mother mentors received a trophy at a ceremony held in Ethiopia.
I realized that though the trophy award meant a lot, these women need more than that. Thus, I organized fundraising through selling my pictures, so that they would also receive money that they can take back home to support their children.
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