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Title: EXPERIENCES OF MOTHER BEGGARS: THE CASE IN URAEL CHURCH AND THE
Authors: FIREYIHUN, FIKRU
Advisors: Tatek Abebe,
Keywords: traffic light
Addis Ababa
Copyright: Jul-2011
Date Added: 3-Nov-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: This study examined the experiences of mother beggars. It was conducted in Ureal Church and the near by traffic light in Addis Ababa with seven mothers who were practicing begging. The study is qualitative study, which employed case study as a research design. Data were collected through semi structured interview and observation. The key findings of the study are: participant found to perceive begging in different ways. Some of the words they used to explain begging includes: begging as business activity or shikela and means of overcoming hardship. The entire respondents indicated that they were unable to pursue a better way of life; because, they have limited chance to do other jobs due to the responsibility they have as a child care taker. On the other hand, being a mother is found to be advantageous by the fact that donors more likely feel sympathy to the mothers carry small children. Poverty was cited as the major reason for participants’ engagement in begging. In addition to that, divorce, separation, unwanted pregnancy and child birth related responsibilities as immediate causes which forced them to pursue begging as a way of survival. In the attempt of getting sympathy and aid, mother beggars found to employ variety of artful tactics in terms of what to say, how to act and when to beg. Economic problem is the most kind of difficulties come across by mother beggars. Emotionally they experienced feeling sense of insecurity. For these problems, I recommended the social work skills and intervention to be used in practice to enhance and bring positive change in lives of beggars in general and mother beggars in particular. Social workers can play plenty of roles in working with beggars and their related problems such as case management, counseling and facilitative roles. Begging and begging related problems needs to be given due attention in social policies so as to reduce and prevent the magnitude and occurrence of the problem. Key Words: Mother Beggars, Begging Strategies, Perception, Effect, Livelihood,
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3606
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