Location: Addis Ababa, with a focus on the Chirkos community
Ministry Director: Tekabe Ambaw
Overview: Chirkos is a local slum area of the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Most of the mothers in Chirkos do not have a way to generate income, and therefore, many turn to prostitution as a means to survive and provide for their children. As a result, many children in the area are half orphaned, not knowing their father. The poverty in many families is severe, and the teachers of the area frequently witness kids fainting in class. Often, children find quitting school as the only option. The children in this area are badly in need of educational and nutritional aid.
Name: Mekedelawit Beyene
Story: Mekedelawit is 12 years old and in grade 6. She loves her math class and playing tag at recess with her friends. She hopes to become a professional runner when she grows up, and lives in Chirkos with both of her parents and three siblings. Mekedelawit’s father, Beyene, works as a guard to support the family, and her mother, Meseret, stays home to raise her four children.
Name: Fikadu Merga
Story: Fikadu is 14 years old and in 4th grade. He likes playing soccer with friends at recess and his favorite color is blue. He is enjoying his math class in school this year, and dreams of becoming a pilot some day. Fikadu lives in the Chirkos community of Addis Ababa with his mother, Alem, father, Merga, and siblings Tsega and Genet.
Name: Aynalem Kasahun
Story: Aynalem is 16 years old and in 9th grade. She likes playing soccer with friends, and her favorite color is pink. She is enjoying her geography class in school this year, and dreams of becoming a geologist some day! Aynalem lives with her grandmother and siblings, Liyat and Abiot, in the Chirkos community. To help support the family, Abiot works in a printing press in Addis Ababa.