My name is Degu and I am an Atlanta-based Ethiopian author raising money by selling my books and through this campaign in order to help me cover the costs of an electric wheelchair, a wheelchair accessible car and eventually a prosthetic leg.
I didn’t always aspire to be an author. For many years I pursued my studies in Accounting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As for my career, I taught high school for a little while and then I went to technical school and teacher’s college. I graduated with a diploma and served under the Education Minister as a teacher. I went back to school again and completed an accounting degree. I began working as a General Accountant for the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Tax for a total of almost 20 years of service.
My whole life changed, however, when I came to the U.S. I was working hard driving a taxi in Atlanta, Georgia and saving money and providing for my wife and kids. Then on September 26, 2015, I got a flat tire and pulled to the side of a major highway. As I waited outside of my car for a tow truck to arrive a car came from behind me and hit me causing severe injuries and flipping my life upside down physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. My near fatal injuries were so critical that I lost both of my legs and much of my hearing ability.
The accident that day has tested me in so many ways. It tested me physically as I now had to adapt to a whole new way of life confined to a wheelchair. It tested my faith in that I was thankful to God to be alive and be able to live life with my wife and children but I questioned my ability to live and provide for them in the same way I was able to do before. It tested me financially as now I could no longer work yet I had a family and had to pay for the medical expenses that came from the accident. It tested me emotionally as I was trying to learn how to cope with the change in my life and in my relationships. It tested me mentally as now I had to figure out how I can do things differently so I can continue to have a good life for myself and my family. It has tested me socially as now I am limited in engaging in cultural activities and celebrations because it is difficult for me to travel like I used to.
Despite these tests, I am grateful for God, my family, my faith, my friends, and my community. I am also grateful for my newfound passion for writing. I believe this passion is a calling by God as He was preparing me for this life He gave me. Sales from the books I have written help me to provide for myself and my family. You may purchase my books on ChirotaFund by clicking the links below. In addition, contributions to this campaign will help me raise the money I need to improve my mobility and for helping me to publish and market more books in the future.
Thank you for your generosity and for supporting me in my goal to be able to sustain myself and my family through the purchase of my books and in contributions to my campaign.