Hope For Haimanot

$1,947 of $43k goal

Raised by 24 people in 30 months
When Hana Alemu “Williams” died in May of 2011, she left behind a grieving family in Ethiopia that raised her from infancy with tender love and care.

Now a member of that family, Hana’s cousin Haimanot, needs your help if she is to survive—and reach her dreams.

Hana’s father died when she was very young. Her mother disappeared. Hana became part of her Uncle Kassaye’s family. Kassaye’s wife was long deceased, so his daughter Haimanot took responsibility for her upbringing.

Poverty led Hana, eventually, to an orphanage. She was adopted by Americans Larry and Carri Williams in the summer of 2008. Less then 3 years later, she died outside their kitchen door. Her adoptive parents were charged with homicide by abuse and are now serving long prison sentences.  You can read more about the trial at the Light of Day Stories website:  http://lightofdaystories.com/?s=Hana&submit=Search

A Remembrance of Hana Williams Facebook page is a long established forum for discussion and activity with regard to Hana, her family, and the case against Larry and Carri Williams.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/156422897766042/

When Hana died, all of her hopes, dreams, and desires died with her. Now we have a chance to help Haimanot, the young woman who was closer to Hana than anyone.

Haimanot has a recurring tumor in her pituitary gland—located directly behind her eyes—a condition not treatable in Ethiopia. She has been operated on twice for it at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, but during the course of her life she will need surgery every 5 to 20 years. Without that, she will go blind, and then die.

The two surgeries have stabilized her condition, but the tumor will return as early as 5 years from now.

Haimanot has a plan for how to spend that interim—and you can help. She wants to take advantage of her temporary good health by attending college in America. Her dream is to return to Ethiopia and teach elementary age children. All of this is in reach.

We are raising $43,000 so that Haimanot can attend the Seattle Central Community College Institute of English as well as its College Bridge Program. Full-time annual cost (tuition, books, fees, room, board, supplies, transportation, and medical insurance) is just over $18,000. (Please click on the link here to view the college's breakdown of annual costs: http://www.seattlecentral.edu/international/total-cost-of-attendance.php)  The two year program will cost about $36,000. We are raising $43,000 in total because Haimanot will have other expenses, including airfare.

A 2 year community college education is a vital first step for Haimanot. It opens the door for her to take her life and destiny into her own hands and to gain the tools and financial independence she will need to access surgical care in the future. She is 23 years old and ready to confront the challenges ahead with a strong heart, a generous disposition, and loving memories of Hana.

Please help by giving what you can. No amount is too large or small. Your contribution will honor Hana’s memory and give the young woman who raised her with love and tenderness a chance to live and flourish.
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Update 2
Posted by David Guterson
19 months ago
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Dear kind contributors to our Hope for Haimanot campaign:

Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for your generous contributions. They have made a huge difference to Haimanot, and have allowed her to move forward in life in positive directions.

We want to let you know that we are closing our GoFundMe Hope for Haimanot campaign. While we did not reach our fundraising goal, the campaign was nevertheless a success in significant ways.

Haimanot came to Seattle in April of 2014. During the spring and summer she underwent two successful surgeries at Swedish that stabilized her life-threatening condition. By August she was growing concerned that her absence from home in Ethiopia had come to mean great hardship for her family. Her sister Altaye, a a housekeeper in Kuwait, had left her employment to take over what had previously been Haimanot’s role as caregiver for their aging father. Without Altaye’s income, the family was suffering, and this prompted Haimanot to return to Ethiopia despite the precariousness of her medical condition. Unfortunately, she soon suffered complications that forced her return to Seattle in June of this year. Swedish again provided her with care and her condition has once again stabilized.

Haimanot is currently living with a family in Seattle. The Northwest Immigrants Rights Project has interviewed her and she awaits assignment of a pro bono attorney who will assist her in obtaining the visa she will need to remain in proximity to Swedish’s care. We are hopeful that Haimanot will be granted a visa and that she will be able to reside in the Seattle area in perpetuity.

The GoFundMe campaign funds were used to provide Haimanot with airfare for her return to Ethiopia last fall, and for her return to Seattle this June. They also allowed her to assist Altaye in establishing a small hairdressing business that might offset Haimanot’s absence from her family and put Altaye in a position to both provide for and give care to their father. About $1400 was spent on these airline tickets, and the remaining $300 was gifted to the family to meet basic needs.

We had certainly hoped to realize the dream we began with—that of helping Haimanot go to Seattle Central College. We’ve fallen short of that, but at the same time, our campaign has succeeded in the ways described above. Without you, Haimanot and her family would not be where they are today. You have helped them significantly to meet their needs for income and medical care.

Haimanot and her friends at Hope for Haimanot are deeply grateful for your generosity and thoughtfulness. While the campaign has closed, we hope to have more good news to report in the near future.

With best wishes,

the Hope for Haimanot team
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Update 1
Posted by David Guterson
30 months ago
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Friends of Haimanot--thank you for your support to date. More to come.
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$1,947 of $43k goal

Raised by 24 people in 30 months
Created September 24, 2014
David Guterson  
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19 months ago
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