"I like Aunt Jojis because she knows a lot of fables and songs", says Suzan, a twelve year old girl in the SOS Children’s Village in Gode, Ethiopia, about her SOS Aunt. Indeed, whenever SOS mothers need a substitute, the children - as well as mothers - love it when Jojis can fill in for them. Her caring nature has made a difference. For one little girl named Ayan, Aunt Jojis is the caregiver who helped her develop from a traumatised and speechless girl to a playful and cheerful one.
Before Jojis came into this family house, the village management team was very concerned about little Ayan, who did not seem to recover from the trauma she experienced in early childhood. After a while, people around the village were stunned to see the changes Jojis made possible. Her first step was to form a close relationship with Ayan. As time passed, Ayan became more sociable, as welll as physically and mentally stronger. The wish of the whole village team and the wish of Ayan is for Jojis to be accepted as an SOS mother.
"Even if children make mistakes, her tone of voice is full of kindness and mercy. With lots of understanding and her natural democratic but firm style, she passes great messages to the children," explains Village Director Mustefa Haji.
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