Adoptee Search: Girl Born 1981-82 from Debre Zeit / Debre Zeyit (Bishoftu) Adopted to Sweden in 1985 through the Bethlehem Orphanage

Female born in 1981 or 1982 found abandoned at about 3 months old in Feb. 1982 opposite the boys’ orphanage in Kebele 2, Debre Zeit / Debre Zeyit (Bishoftu), Oromia. She was adopted to Sweden in 1985 through Bethlehem orphanage also in Debre Zeit / Debre Zeyit (Bishoftu). 

Submitted by Adopted Person/Adoptee searching for Ethiopian family

Child’s Information

Gender of Child female

Age of Child in Photo approximately 2 years old.

Ethnicity of Child UNKNOWN

Year of child’s birth  1981

Ethiopian birth Name of Child  Unknown

Name of child at the time of adoption Sari

Age when child entered care center or orphanage 3 months

Year child entered a care center or orphanage 1982

Age of child at adoption  2

Year child was adopted 1985

Adoption Agency Information

Adoption agency through which the child was processed UNKNOWN Adoption Agency

Additional adoption agency information Private adoption through the director of Bethlehem orphanage.

Ethiopian representative of adoption agency Airi Tomi (Finnish) / Ari Tuomi

Other adoption agency workers Helevi Happala (Finnish)

Country to which the child was adopted Sweden

Additional country information Norrköping

Orphanage/care center #1

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed Bethlehem orphanage

Orphanage or care center representative Airi Tomi / Tuomi (Finnish)

Region of orphanage or care center Oromia Region

Zone of orphanage or care center Misraq Shewa Zone

City/Town of orphanage or care center Debre Zeit / Debre Zeyit / Bishoftu

Additional information about this orphanage or care center Bethlehem orphanage in Kebele 1

Orphanage/care center #2

Orphanage or care center through which the child was processed UNKNOWN orphanage

Information for Abandoned Children

Name of person who found the child Eshetu Belayneh

Relationship or title of person who found the child None, Mayor

Region where child was found Oromia Region

Zone where child was found UNKNOWN zone

City/town where child was found Bishoftu / Debre Zeit / Debre Zeyit

Additional information that could be useful in making a match The child was found in Debre Zeit / Debre Zeyit (Bishoftu) abandon by persons unknown when about 3 months old. She was found on the side of the road (Kebele 2) opposite the boys’ orphanage in Debre Zeit in February 1982 by a man named Eshetu Belayneh. He states he was walking one early morning to work when he heard the sound of a child screaming. That´s when he saw a baby approximately 3 months old wrapped up in some fabric lying on the side of the road just by Bethlehem Orphanage boys’ home at Kebele 2 . He took the child to the director of Bethlehem orphanage, a women named Airi Tomi, who is a Finnish women who lived in and worked at Bethlehem orphanage the girls’ home Kebele 1 (district). She put the child in care of a women called Hellevi Happala who is also Finnish and stayed and worked at the orphanage.

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