My Sisters is an independent, non-government organization, (NGO) which wants to help poor women and their children who are living in the Makanissa area of Addis Abeba in Ethiopia.
Since its very beginnings in 1988, MY Sisters has helped hundreds of the poorest women and children in Makannissa. Founded by Norwegian missionaries, it provides different services and trainings to empower women.
My Sisters has from the very beginning attempted to assist single mothers who could not make ‘ends meet’. Some obtained a place for the smaller children in one of the daycare centres making it possible for them to seek employed work. Others had no other option than seeking financial help through difficult days. Children in the daycare are supported by international sponsors.
The MY Sisters first aid medical clinic offers free medical services to registered families. In order to help young women and mothers to make a better living, MY Sisters offers different training courses to qualify as child care assistant or hairdresser. These courses offer the women an opportunity to seek employment and to be able to cater for their families themselves without relying on external support.
The library and reading room offers children and young adults a place to study and do homework as well as textbooks that many children cannot afford themselves.