Abadit is a mother of three (ages 19, 16, and 6). She lives in a one-room apartment with her children in Hatikva neighborhood. Abadit is one of the most talented women at Kuchinate. She cooks Eritrean dishes, knits beautifully, attends our events to sell the baskets, and hosts groups at Kuchinate.
"It’s the best for me at Kuchinate. It calms me; I don’t feel all of the mess in my head. I’m with the women and it gives me work. I sit at home and make baskets too. I came to Israel with my two kids, and here I met my husband and gave birth to my youngest son. In the first two years, I lived with my children in a UN women’s shelter. At first, I worked as a cleaning lady and I had hopes that everything would be fine. But a year ago I got in a car accident. I cannot sit or stand on my right foot for a long time. I cannot bend over. My body always hurts. For the first year I would work, so I had health insurance and could get some treatment. But after a year, it stopped. Now, I only take pills for pain. When I was injured in the hospital, my husband left my kids and me and ran away to Africa. I suddenly saw a picture of him on Facebook that he was in Africa – maybe in Rwanda, or maybe in Sudan. Apparently, he took the money ($3500 that the state gives to asylum seekers to encourage them leave) and ran away. Now, I am alone with my children. Because of my injury, I only work at Kuchinate. It helps, but it is not enough. Before the accident I had a dream to feel good, to work and take care of my children. I used to be a good mother; I gave them food, clothes and some money. Now, I have nothing to give.”