Hand In Hand

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.

Mekdelawit Beyene

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.

Nigist grade 8

Name: Nigist Bekele

Story: Nigist is 15 years old and in grade 8. She loves her math class and playing soccer at recess with her friends. She hopes to become an engineer when she grows up, and lives in Korah with both of her parents and two brothers. Sponsorship for Nigist is $80/month, which provides her with private school education at Future Generation School, and all associated costs.