Welcome to the Debre Markos Project
This project is set in the town of, you guessed it, Debre Markos, Ethiopia. Debre Markos is located in East-Central Ethiopia in the Amhara Region with a population of about 63,000. The drive to reach Debre Markos from Addis is a long but stunningly beautiful ride though farm lands and across the Blue Nile Gorge.
We were introduced to this location by our friend Mesfin, of Endihnew Hope Charity based in Addis Ababa. Endihnew Hope currently works with the people of Entoto Mountain, bringing healthcare, a feeding program, and child sponsorship to primarily hiv+ folks. We have supported them for a couple of years.
Mesfin is from the Debre Markos area, and was made aware of the large population of street children mostly trafficked into the town from outlying villages. Our team of folks visited this town in July 2016, and were moved by these children and their stories. There are children as young as 6 yrs old living on the streets. There are many child led house holds and the prevalence of alcohol abuse and prostitution is astounding.
Our goal is to get these kids off the streets and into a family type setting. We will be providing them an education, tutoring, meals and healing. We will also be providing an outreach program for those that are not able or willing to be in the home. We will also eventually offer job training for area women who have been trafficked, and provide support to a local orphanage.
November 2016 Update: We have been able to raise the money to send 6 months worth of rent for the house along with money to build bunk beds for the children. We are starting with 10 children so that we can manage and grow from the ground up. We will be having a fun way for you to help us make our house a home for the holidays.
February 2017 Update: The house has been rented, the kitchen and beds have been purchased and we will have children in the home this month. We have a team traveling at the end of the month to help get them transitioned into the home and will provide pictures and updated upon their return.
July 2017 Update: We now have 11 children living in the home. The government has asked us to be more of a half way house for these children and try to get them reunited with family if at all possible. We are looking at that possibility and did some home visits on our recent trip. There are many layers involved here so this is a growing and evolving process. We also have several children still in a risk environment, and will be offering them an out reach program. This will include a feeding package, rent, and school support. All families will also receive conflict resolution training, family care and more. Thank you for helping to provide for these children and families! You are making a difference.
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We anticipate it to be about $100 a month to sponsor these kids, this will include, rent, meals, staff, education and medical needs. If $100 a month is too much, would you consider a donation of any amount to help us bring freedom and healing to these children?