This April, David and Josh served the Deborah House in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in partnership with SIM (Serving in Ministry). The Deborah House is an orphanage for young girls, many of whom were living on the street or staying with abusive relatives following the death of their parents. The Silent Images team filmed a short documentary while there, capturing the stories of several girls who are currently living there, the level of care the Deborah House provides for the girls’ needs and what the girls dream for in the future. For more information about the Deborah House, visit http://www.sim.org/index.php/project/92704.
Helen is only 15, but her life has been a difficult journey so far. When both her parents died, she was sent to live with her aunt. However, her aunt was abusive to her, and Helen ran away. She got on a bus and traveled to Addis Ababa by herself, hoping life would be better there somehow. She spent her first night there on the street, crying and alone. But the next morning, she was found by a missionary with SIM, and that encounter brought her to stay at the Deborah House. Now, Helen is one of the most joyful girls there and is seen as leader among her peers.
The girls who live here come from difficult backgrounds, yet their joy and ambition is apparent when you ask them about their dreams. They aspire to become pilots, doctors, missionaries and engineers, to name a few. And because of the support they receive from the Deborah House, those dreams are within reach.