"Gemini has not only saved and made a real difference in people’s lives but it’s strong belief in the future of Ethiopia’s youth has demonstrably shown the enormous talent of its young people."
In Ethiopia 1 in 3 twin babies die before their first birthday – Gemini has brought hope to thousands
Founded in 1983 by a Anglo-American pediatrician, Dr. Carmela Green Abate, Gemini has made a unique contribution to the lives of many individuals. It also provides living proof of the enormous talent that prevails within some of these extremely poor families.
In the slums of Addis Ababa, twins face a real struggle to survive. Many are born premature and have low birth weight. Malnourished mothers can’t provide sufficient breast milk for the babies and turn to bottle feeding, often with disastrous results; bouts of diarrhea and vomiting result in malnutrition and increased vulnerability. Often, Gemini families just do not nave enough food. In this struggle for survival, death of the babies is all too frequent.
25 years ago, Gemini was launched from an old shipping container in a corner of Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa. With a focus on an especially high risk group of the urban poor – those with twins. Today Gemini is a successful NGO providing a comprehensive family approach to foster better livelihoods to some of Addis Ababa’s poorest people.
Over the past 25 years Gemini has:
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