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.
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!