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.