I really appreciate his efforts for his idea and for establishing Eshururu Nanny Training Center, says one of the returnees from Saudi Arabia.

By Henok Reta (The Ethiopian Reporter) |

Hana Gobezie, 24, returned home from Saudi Arabia last year in 2014 in absolute despondency and already knew she was heading into a bleak future despite her good health status.

She flew back together with 400 Ethiopian maids on board, most of them in a tide of trauma after Riyadh mercilessly evicted them out of the Middle Eastern country. Some were induced to sleep thanks to the hypnotic scenes outside their windows while others stayed active, murmuring their shared misery, dilemma and disillusionment.

“I was so lucky to come home without any harm done to me or any mental illness, though I am pretty sure I cannot pursue my dream of having a better life while at home,” Hana says.

Now, she has secured her life having taken a baby-care training with a local institution established a couple of years ago.

“I had no choice but to take advantage of the opportunity to become a babysitter and be one the very first trainees to complete a three-month baby-care training in the country,” she says, indicating a new-found hope.

Indeed, she was not the only returnee to be enrolled in the first batch. There were trainees struggling to establish life back home, attending the school after fruitless exiles in the Middle East. All the returnees spent at least two and a half years in the Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, Beirut, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Some had more than eight years of service, all the while facing overwhelming abuse, rape and salary cuts.

“I think the most important thing is that we have managed to survive,” Salam Tesfaye, another returnee, says.

Having thanked and praised Almighty God for allowing them to return home safely after the horrible things they experienced abroad, they acknowledge the eminent contribution of their director, Solomon Mulugeta, co-founder of Eshururu Nanny Training Center which is located in Gergi area.

“I really appreciate his efforts for his idea and for establishing the training center,” Hana says, praising the man who came up with the idea of opening a caregiver training school in a somewhat inadvertent plan.

“My wife and I honestly thought that it was not a business but a way to introduce something valuable that every parent needs to safely raise a baby,” Solomon says.

Prior to the realization of the project, ‘Eshururu Nanny Training Center,’ he and his wife had visited hundreds of households that never had trained-babysitters.

“Almost 98 percent of our interviewees responded negatively to hiring trained caregiver,” he says.

Despite the prevalence of newborn deaths in Ethiopia being highest in Africa, hiring a trained baby caregiver is almost unthinkable, according to a pediatrician. Despite the remarkable progress Ethiopia has made in lowering the child mortality rate and maternal death rate, the World Health Organization (WHO) insists that the country has still a burden to overcome. As the contrast grows larger and larger, always between the rural and urban areas, urbanites hardly went through reliable newborn care until a few years ago.

According to commentators, the unfolding economic growth that increased the number of entrepreneurs in major cities across the country has been a significant step behind the hiring of nannies since parents are at work and need someone to care for their infant at home. However, this does not seem enough for those parents who might have experienced babycare abroad.


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