Furtuna is our Ethiopia Referral and Medical Director, and we are so glad to have her as part of the team at America World! She is a major agent in running the program in Ethiopia and managing in-country logistics. Furtuna began working for America World as a nurse and the Transitional Home director in 2007, and transitioned to her current role in 2009. In this role, Furtuna coordinates children’s labs, x-rays, referral medical reports, and collaborates with our Transition Home pediatrician and the referral medical doctor. Furtuna also works with orphanages and America World corporate staff on the paperwork pertaining to children that have been referred to America World, overseeing that process from start to finish.
Furtuna remembers back to 2007 when she was praying for God to give her confirmation that He wanted her to work for America World, “It was the little new cribs in AWAA’s new Transitional home, ready for babies, which took my breath away…those little cribs were my confirmation. Since then I have been honored to serve many little beings and showered with their amazing love. Just a hug and smile from one little boy or girl is fuel for me to keep going during busy or stressful times.”
In Furtuna’s first role as a nurse, her favorite moments were caring for malnourished babies and seeing them thrive each day. “There were many babies who it seemed were dying when we received them, but they survived with God’s power and proper care. This has caused me to always have a strong faith in God for the survival of a child, even if the condition may not seem so. I’m honored to be a witness of God’s work though these childrens’ lives, making the impossible possible”.
One of Furtuna’s favorite parts of her current role is seeing special needs or older children matched with a family. “It is difficult and often a long wait, until an older child is matched with a family. They often ask me if they have been matched with a family who can adopt them. It is sad for me to tell the children to wait and so I feel very happy for an older child when I see him/her filled with joy whenever they hear the news of being matched with a family. I thank God for such an opportunity to participate in His great work in the lives of many children and I have been blessed working for America World.”
We are so thankful for the work Furtuna does and her heart for the children she serves!