Street Children in Debre Markos
We were made aware of the large population of street children mostly trafficked into the town of Debre Markos from outlying villages. Our team of folks visited this town in July of 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.
Primary School in Hawassa
Our first major project is a primary school in the town of Hawassa, Ethiopia. Several kilometers outside of Addis, Hawassa is a resort town to many. This brings people in from the countryside looking for jobs. If they are unable to find jobs they end up begging and looking for other ways to work. There are many children unable to afford an education here, so we have stepped in to help those children. Our goal was to provide a free yet individualized and specialized education to these children. We focused on their strengths and individual talents. We opened the Mulat Knowledge School with KG, or Kindergarten in November of 2015 and due to changes in the current political situation, and the needs of our in-country partner, the school closed it’s doors in June 2018.
We are researching ways to continue to help children in this area with other partners.
Water Filters for Sebeta
We are bringing immediate access to health and hope to the people of Ethiopia by providing clean water for people in villages that do not currently have access to clean water through Friendly Water for the World and bio-sand water filters. For around $100 you can provide clean water for a family for up to 30 years. We have already funded and installed 25 water filters in the town of Sebeta, and reached goal to fund another 25 in 2016, we placed 10 in 2017 and have a goal of 10 more filters in 2018.
Future plans for delivering hope and making change?
We have lots of them! For example, we hope to eventually be able to provide scholarships to Ethiopian students hoping to attend university or higher education, who cannot afford it on their own. Provide HIV awareness programs, provide feeding programs in identified areas, provide support to organizations helping street children, research opportunities to provide safe programs for women and children caught in trafficking and helping them find a way off the streets and into hope…. more on this to come!