someone never stands as tall as when he or she kneels to help a child
Before coming to Ethiopia, Jutta was a professional teacher for 25 years with the Helen Keller School at Wilhelm’s University Hospital in Muenster, Germany. She worked in an integrated setting alongside medical doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists, nurses, social workers and other teachers taking care of ill children who were hospitalized for long periods of time. These children suffered from a variety of illnesses (cancer, neurological diseases, victims of car accidents …) including mental illnesses caused by trauma often due to social instability, extreme poverty, family alcoholism, sexual abuse or parental divorce. Some children were also subject to anorexia, bulimia or in danger of committing suicide.
Thanks to her work in this professional setting Jutta has great experience in working with sick and mentally disturbed children as well as with their parents. The latter often experienced difficult circumstances in their lives and their health, mental equilibrium and social relationships were often impaired.
Important goals for these children and parents included strengthening the will to recover, reinforcement of self-esteem end follow-up on educational objectives.