About > Meet Our Midwives

Thehaynesh Mekonnen

Thehaynesh grew up near the capital of Amhara, a region in the highlands of Ethiopia. Her studies away from home have cultivated in her a sense of independence and maturity. At Hamlin College, she gets to enjoy an environment in which she has peaceful and positive interactions with staff members, medical professionals and patients alike. 

Tsinat Hussien

Tsinat is native to East Hararghe in the region of Oromia. She misses her family and friends back at home, where she enjoys singing and going to church. Tsinat is keen on learning; she is particularly interested in her anatomy and physiology course, and appreciates gaining practical skills, such as preventing fistula, in her internship.

Masresha Kaleb

Masresha, who comes from a family of six sisters and three brothers, says her village will be proud to see her as a midwife, especially as so few locals work in healthcare. Her favourite thing about her future profession is saving the lives of mothers. “One day,” she says, “I will be a great person.”

Etsegenet Wudneh

Etsegenet, who grew up near Hawassa, started her studies at Hamlin College in 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and reading fiction. Although she misses home, she hopes to inspire other girls to continue their studies—not only as a career in midwifery can change their own lives, but because it can solve “maternal and child problems” in Ethiopia.

Samrawit Brhane Gebreslase

Samrawit comes from Mekele in the region of Tigray where she attended the Nicolas High School, a school built and run by the organization "Rainbows for Children". She is very happy to have been accepted to the Hamlin College of Midwives.

Selam comes from a rural area in the Tigray region. She has four brothers, three of whom work on their parents' farm, while the fourth is studying agriculture at university. Selam was inspired to become a midwife by a friend she knows from back home who is already qualified. Receiving this training is the first step towards her dream. 

Abebech knows fellow student Selam from back home, a rural area in the Tigray region. They went to the same class in high school. Abebech has two brothers and one sister. The oldest brother works at their parent´s farm, the younger is a teacher and her sister is still in high school. She misses her family during the semesters.

Zaid Desta

Zaid is the youngest of five siblings. One brother is a lawyer, one is an engineer. Both her sisters are still at the university (one is studying math and the other textiles). She is from a small town where her parents are merchants. She misses them and her hometown very much, but still likes the Hamlin Midwifery College and her studies there.

Roman Abuhoy

Roman grew up on a farm where they have both animals and crops, close to the border with Eritrea. She is from a large family (four brothers and five sisters). All the siblings work at the farm except one sister who is studying agriculture administration at the university. Roman is very happy at the Hamlin Midwifery College.

Medina Babu

During her time studying at the Hamlin College Medina performed and assisted in many deliveries. She lived in a dormitory with seven other girls from grade 1-3 (fourth year´s student live by themselves) and says that all her roommates were very kind and nice.  Medina started working at a rural health centre at the end of 2018.

Ilili Abdo

Ilili remembers being very afraid when she saw her first delivery, but she ended up really enjoyed participating in her course at Hamlin College. She is also very aware of the great need for qualified midwives in the rural communities and is loving the chance to put her skills into action.

Senait Saga

Senait is the oldest of five siblings. One sister studied economics at a university and the other siblings are still in high school or just finishing. Her father is a merchant and her mother a housewife. Senait enjoyed the practical phase of her studies. After her gradation she returned to her home region where she is working at a health center.

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