Location: Entoto Mountain, outskirts of Addis Ababa
Ministry Director: Endihnew (Mesfin) Yadergal
Overview: Entoto is located in the beautiful Ethiopian countryside on a mountain above Addis Ababa. It is home to many people suffering from HIV, Tuberculosis, mental illness, and other medical concerns who have come to the mountain in pursuit of healing from the “holy water” located in a local Orthodox church on the mountain. Children on Entoto Mountain often struggle with starvation, poverty, and disease, and have little access to education. In some cases, mothers strap 180-200 pounds of firewood onto their backs and haul it up and down the mountain in exchange for less than $1/day. These families fight to survive daily.
Name: Kalkidan Selabat
Story: Kalkidan is 6 years old and in 1st grade. She likes playing jump rope with her friends, her favorite color is green, and she is enjoying her Amharic class in school this year. When she grows up, Kalkidan dreams of becoming a doctor! She lives with her mother, Zelakech, and father Selabat.
Name: Sentayu Shetahun
Story: Sentayu is 9 years old and in grade 3. He likes playing soccer with his friends, and she is enjoying his science class in school this year. When he grows up, Sentayu dreams of becoming a doctor to help sick people like his mom. He lives with his mother, Tenay, and father, Shetahun.
Name: Seluis Alemayo
Story: Seluis is 14 years old and in 7th grade. He likes playing soccer, his favorite color is red, and he is enjoying his English class in school this year. When he grows up, Seluis dreams of becoming a doctor! Seluis lives with his mother, Gelanesh, and 3 siblings. Gelanesh collects wood to support her children.
Name: Abebe Legesse
Story: Abebe is 16 years old and in grade 6. She enjoys taking care of plants and spending time with her siblings, her favorite subject is math, and she wants to be a psychologist when she grows up. She lives with her mother, Kaldamech, and siblings Yetnabush, 18 years, Getahun, 14 years, and Tigist, 9 years.
Name: Fikrue Temesgen
Story: Fikrue likes playing soccer and his favorite color is green. He is enjoying his English class in school this year, and dreams of becoming a doctor someday. Fikrue lives with his mother, Twabech, and 7 year old brother, Fikadu. Twabech is raising her boys as a single mother, selling items in the village.