Two years ago Sharon Daly, President of the Mossy Foot Project, first reported from Ethiopia about meeting Endrias.
“We met Endrias several days ago at one of our clinic sites. He said that it takes him 2 hours to walk to clinic due to his sick feet, so yesterday we decided to go to his home. We drove off the main road about 20 minutes, then the road became impassible.
Our guide said that it was only a 20 minute walk. About an hour later, after walking up and down hills, and on paths through plowed fields, we arrived. My own feet are blistered and sore from the shoes I was wearing. It makes me appreciate the effort Endrias, and so many of our patients, make to get to a clinic. It gave me more incentive to dream about opening new clinics to better serve the need of so many patients like Endrias.”
Endrias’s story didn’t end here. Sharon was able to introduce Endrias to Bill and Tani Austin of the Starkey Hearing Foundation when they were in Soddo to film a documentary for Operation Change. This proved a turning point for Endrias, who had previously lived a life of rejection, pain, and sorrow. Because of his debilitating disease, he was not able to attend school or participate in any activities.
Now due to the generosity of the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Bill’s personal commitment to this young man’s healing, Endrias is living and flourishing in Minnesota, learning English, and growing in health daily.
Endrias was featured in episode 8 of Operation Change, which you can watch on their site. In this brief follow up feature, you can see how he is living now and see first hand the transformation in his life.