Location: Korah, located in Addis Ababa
Ministry Director: Tesfaye Tekeste
Overview: The Korah community is a small village in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Today Korah is known as a trash dump community, but originally it was established as a leper’s colony – a result of the placement of a leprosy hospital in the community about 95 years ago – and people afflicted with leprosy throughout Ethiopia gradually descended upon this community. Eventually the city of Addis Ababa designated this community as the spot for the city landfill. The population of Korah is estimated at over 100,000 people living within 2 square miles, making the population very dense. An estimated 3,000 lepers live in the village today, and around 10% of the population in Korah are HIV+. The three main income sources are begging, collecting recycled materials at the local trash dump and daily labor. An estimated 3,000 families rely on the local trash dump for their livelihood, collecting food and recycled materials to support their families.
Name: Yuseus Kasahun
Story: Yuseus is 2 years old and he lives with his mother, Getay Ayele in Korah. Getay is 25 years old and works as a house cleaner to earn an income for her and her son. She used to collect and sell items but became injured and lost the use of her left hand. Yuseus’ father is 32 year old Kasahun. He is no longer involved with the family, and Getay is raising Yuseus as a single mother.
Name: Kiruse Alemayhe
Story: Kiruse is 6 years old and in grade 1. He loves going to school and his favorite class is English. He hopes to become a pilot some day! He lives with his mother, Tiruzer, father Alemayhe, and sibling Kalah, 9 years old. To support the family Alemayhe works as a daily laborer, and Tiruzer washes clothes for other families to earn a small income.
Name: Kidist Temesgen
Story: Kidist is 15 years old and in grade 7. She enjoys going to all classes at school, but her favorite class is her music class, and she dreams of becoming a professional singer one day. Kidist’s mother, Gena, is 37 years old, and earns an income by washing clothes for people around her village. She is currently separated from her husband and supports Kidist on her own.
Name: Desta Kassahun
Story: Desta is 10 years old and in grade 3. She loves learning English and her favorite color is red. She enjoys playing “monkey in the middle” with her friends at school, and when she grows up she wants to be a police officer because she wants to enforce world peace. Desta’s parents, Fetanech and Kassahun, have 4 children and 1 grandchild who live with them, and work the trash dump in Korah to support their family.
Name: Kidist Gezachew
Story: Kidist is 5 years old and in grade KG1 this year. She loves playing soccer with friends at recess, the color yellow, and her English class, and she dreams of becoming a teacher when she grows up! She lives in Korah with her mom, dad, and two siblings. Her parents work as daily laborers to support the family.
Name: Hana Abebe
Story: Hana is 11 years old and in 5th grade. Her enjoys playing soccer with friends, her favorite color is yellow, she likes her math class, and dreams of becoming a teacher when she grows up. She lives in Korah with her mother Addis, who is raising Hana as a single mother and works as a daily laborer to support the family.
Name: Hana Sultane
Story: Hana is 10 years old and in grade 4. She enjoys playing hide and see with friends when she has free time. Hana’s favorite color is yellow, she likes her science class in school this year, and she dreams of becoming a doctor some day! She lives in Korah with her grandmother, Medaru, and sisters Birke, 13, and 9 year old twins Mahelet and Tarika.
Name: Eeyrus Bisho
Story: Eeyrus is 11 years old and in 2nd grade this year. She loves playing soccer with friends at recess, the color yellow, and her Amharic class, and she dreams of becoming a doctor when she grows up! She lives in Korah with her mom, dad, and two siblings. Her parents work collecting and selling items from the trash dump to support the family.
A Night In Korah
Videographer and storyteller, Ryan Daly, spends a night in Korah and documents his experience to share with the world. The people featured in this film are part of our ministry in Korah.