December 15, 2010
I am Bethelihem Gebre from Ethiopia. I was born in Addis Ababa in June 5, 1982, from relatively rich families. But due to unknown reason for me, they lost their material wealth and failed to care for their children. As a result we suffer a lot due to food shortage, lack of house and schooling. After this period onwards the responsibility to overcome the problems was left to my mother and she had become the only bread winner for the family. She was working a lot of informal business (like street vending, house maid and others) as a coping or survival strategy. When I see her condition, determined to do something and involved in the activities that she did; at the time promised to myself to be the best in my education to escape the problem.
I was the strongest and one of the best students throughout my school life. Accordingly, I succeeded the 12th grade matriculation examination and joined university. During my stay in the university I was very much interested in issues related with disadvantaged group of the society and participated in different clubs working for the disadvantaged. My senior essay was also concerned with street vending as a survival strategy and rated as very good by the board of examiners.
After graduation I had worked for one year as a Geography teacher for grade 11 and 12 and then proceed further education (MA). As an economic geographer I have conducted research (my thesis) on the topic entitled as “survival strategies and support networks of female headed households”. I am very much interested in such kind of issues due to my assumption that I should do something to the disadvantaged group of the societies (especially for females).
Now I am working in one of the Ethiopian universities and also started my PhD study and always struggling to be the best and prominent despite many challenges and obstacles that I have faced