Maureen Burnett & Jo Middlemiss
Maureen Burnett and Jo Middlemiss are first cousins and close friends. They both grew up in Glasgow before going their separate ways through careers, marriage, children and grandchildren.
Maureen had a long career in catering and Jo worked as a teacher and relationship counselor and coach.
Jo followed Maureen’s lead out to Ethiopia and together they set up EMP after getting to know the community of the Buccama Clinic: a community that comprises a small band of religious sisters, a dedicated staff and many many people dependent on the clinic for their needs.
They travel out to Ethiopia every year. They live and work at the Clinic for the best part of a month, whilst seeing how things are going, how the money which they fundraise for all year is being spent and what the needs are for the following year.
When they started nine years ago they only thought to provide a few basic and extras. Mattresses, some medicine, drinking vessels and plates and other basics that seemed to be needed.
Nine years later, after many ups and downs, EMP pays the salaries for the 18 members of staff, two extensions have been built, two wards and a lab, the water pump has been replaced, and an essential robust 4×4 has been acquired. The work goes on.
Amanda contributes in a different way from us,as she brings her nursing expertise to the fore and works with the other nurses in the Out Patient Dept. By now you will have realised that the Clinic is actually like a mini hospital and so qualified helpers are a real advantage. Meanwhile Lottie on her second visit, soaks up the atmosphere, helps where she can in the kindergarten and with the new babies. Like us they have realised that in this world when people have virtually nothing, everything is something to be grateful for.