Photo courtesy of Theo Angell and Maria Gargiulo.

Photo of Samuel Tadesse and a young community member, courtesy of Theo Angell and Maria Gargiulo.

On January 25, Ethiopia, and the world, lost a treasured advocate and leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS: Samuel Tadesse.

Samuel, who discovered he was HIV positive in 2004, turned his diagnosis into action, founding the Debre Mitmaq Association at the Tsadkane holy water well. The Association is a partnership between the Orthodox Church and secular efforts to encourage antiretroviral therapy (ART) for those infected. It is a crucial alliance that has resulted in a shelter providing HIV testing, counseling, ART, and care for more than 1,300 people. More than that, it is a community of love, support, and rehabilitation. Read more about Samuel’s work with I-TECH at the Tsadkane holy water well.

Samuel Tadesse — and his enthusiasm, selflessness, and determination — will be greatly missed.

The following video was created by Theo Angell and Maria Gargiulo during a February 2011 visit to the well:

Ethiopia- Debire Mitimak – More than Holy Water from Theo Angell on Vimeo.

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