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: Nigussie Sisay
Story: Nigussie is 13 years old and in 6th grade. He likes playing soccer and his math class in school, and dreams of becoming a doctor some day. He lives in Korah with his mother, Tirusew, and siblings, Merone, Fikadu, and Hewan. Tirusew supports her children by washing clothes for other families.
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: Yonetsew Lowery
Story: Yonetsew is 22 years old and lives in Korah with her husband and their sweet son, Akiya, and Yonetsew’s mother, Fanta. Yonetsew is currently attending classes at Damat College and is studying courses related to cooking and food service. When she isn’t at school she keeps busy looking after Akiya and helping her mother.
Name: TesfaMichael Girma
Story: Tesfamichael is 21 years old and in a vocational training school studying to become a civil engineer. His focus is on furniture building, and upon completing school Tesfamichael hopes to find works as an engineer. He has worked the trash dump ever since he was a child, and is grateful that sponsorship is giving him the opportunity to change his life and give him hope.
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: Abraham Getachew
Story: Abraham is 10 years old and in 5th grade. He likes playing soccer with friends, and dreams of becoming a doctor some day! Abraham lives in Korah with his mother, Selamawit, father, Getachew, and 4 year old sister, Firehiwot. The family often collect items from the trash dump to sell to earn a small income.
Name: Abenezer Eshetu
Story: Abenezer is 6 years old and in grade KG3. He likes playing soccer with friends, is enjoying his Amharic class, and dreams of becoming a pilot some day! Abenezer lives in Korah with his mother, Etenesh, who supports her son as a single mother, cleaning homes and washing clothes for other families to earn a small income.
Name: Luisaged Melese
Story: Luisaged is 21 years old and in 9th grade. He likes playing soccer and his social studies class in school, and dreams of becoming a taxi driver some day to be able to support his family. He lives Korah with his mother, Mulalem, and two sisters, Tesfanesh, 26 years old, and Medhanet, 12 years old.
Name: Bechgize Getay
Story: Bechgize is a 40 year old mother of three, living in Korah with her husband, Aschalew, who is 58 years old and also suffering from vision impairment, and their three children: Fantahun, 23 years, Atafero, 19 years, and Sehwalem, 16 years To earn an income Bechgize and her husband occasionally beg on the street.
Name: Brikayu Menayu
Story: Brikayu is 12 years old and in 1st grade. She likes playing soccer with friends, her favorite color is green, and she is enjoying her English and Amharic class in school. When she grows up, Brikayu dreams of becoming a doctor to help those in need! She lives in Korah with her mother, Adanech, father, Menayew, and siblings Mebratu, 7 years old, and Melkamu, 3 years old.
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.