Adoptee Search: Girl Born 1986 Found in Jimma Adopted 1990 to the Netherlands through Wereldkinderen/NICWO

Adoptee searching for Ethiopian Family. Girl born in 1986, possibly Oromo or Amhara, named Tewabech Mengistu. She was found near a church in Jimma at approximately 18 months old. She was adopted in 1990 at the age of 4 to the Netherlands through Wereldkinderen/NICWO via Jimma City Council or Jimma City Community Association Charity and foster care.  

Submitted by Adoptee searching for Ethiopian Family

Child’s Information 

Photo taken in Jimma in 1989

Gender of Child Girl

Ethnicity of Child Oromo

Additional information about child’s ethnicity Possibly Oromo or Amhara.

Year of child’s birth  Born in 1986

Name of child at the time of adoption Tewabech Mengistu (Nickname Tewabu)

Ethiopian birth name of child Tewabech Mengistu (Nickname Tewabu)

Age of child at adoption 4 years

Year child was adopted 1990 Year of Adoption

Give information about child’s Ethiopian family, if known According to adoption paperwork, Tewabech was born in Jimma in the province or zone of Illubabor. She was found near a church in Jimma (name unknown) and stayed in the Orphanage, which has different names: Jimma City Council or Jimma City Community Association Charity Organization. On November 5th in 1989 child was brought to Addis Abeba and stayed with a foster family, Ethiopian woman named Leekie or Likkié was caretaker. For a short period of time child also stayed with a Dutch woman Diet J. In total, child stayed for about 3 months in Addis before she was adopted, on February 11th in 1990, to the Netherlands.

Additional information
Tewabech has a red birthmark on left leg close to knee and a birthmark on the back of right ankle.

Relinquishment or Abandonment Information

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 2 years

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 1988

To the best of your knowledge, child was Abandoned

Region child(ren) found Oromia Region

Zone child(ren) found Jimma – Oromia Region

City/town child(ren) found Jimma

Details of child(ren)’s abandonment Found near a church in Jimma. The name of the church is unknown. Child was approximately 18 months old. 

Police officer involved with the case Unknown

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed IN ETHIOPIA Wereldkinderen/NICWO (Netherlands)

List adoption agency workers with titles if known Wereldkinderen: intermediator/Attorney of the adopting parents: Marianne R and Director Wereldkinderen: Dhr. A.F.C.J. Hendriks. Names that are listed on adoption paperwork include those from Court Addis Abeba (Ras Mekonnen street) –  Hanna H.; Head of Social Development department: Mengesha H;  Function unknown Hanna Belay

Adoptive Country Netherlands

Orphanage/care center #1

Taken in Addis with foster family

Orphanage or care center used in the adoption Jimma City Council or Jimma City Community Association Charity

Region of orphanage or care center Oromia Region

Zone of orphanage or care center Jimma – Oromia Region

City/Town of orphanage or care center Jimma

Additional information that could be useful to the case In the period that Tewabech stayed in Addis Abeba she also reports she stayed in a house near Old Airport. It could be that she stayed with a woman called Huvet T. 

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