1.The Early Years
Sisters Aklsia Gebrehiwot was born on September 9, 1948 in Addis Ababa, but was raised in Ethiopia’s northern town of Gonder where her father GebrehiwotBelet, presided as judge In the imperial court the Gonder region. Her father valued education and his daughter to pursue and excel in her education studies, an uncommon tradition for young during this time.
At the age of 8 Akelisia lost her mother due to complication in childbirth. This forced young Aklesia, the oldest of three children, to become the primary care taker of the younger siblings, and eventually strengthened the nurturing skills that would later become so critical in her profession of choice-nursing. After witnessing the primitive so critical in her rendered to her mother, Aklsia was keenly motivated to enter the health professional.
Soon after completing primary school, Aklesia joined the princess Tsehay memorial hospital school of nursing education in Addis Ababa. Aklisea graduated at the age of 18 having received her diploma in nursing and assumed the title of “Sister” the customary title of a registered nurse in Ethiopia.
Shortly after graduating Sr. Aklsia married MogesAlemu, also a recent graduated from the nearby technical college. Together the young couple began professional careers Sr Aklsia as a nurse at the Swedish pediatrics hospital and her husband (mogesalemu) at Ehiopian airlines. In time they parented 6 children and took residence in several cities throughout Ethiopia.