"Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me" - Philemon1:11-12
This is our vision. They are "useless" and our job is to make them useful by rehabilitating and reintegrate them with their families.
Out of all the countries in the world, Ethiopia is considered to be one of the poorest in the world. It is located in the East of Africa, sharing borders with Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibuti, and Sudan and has a population of 85 million. The average lifespan of an Ethiopian is a mere 43 years and only 2 out of 10 people have access to clean water.
According to a UNICEF report, there are about 300,000 children that must live on the streets of Ethiopia. In the capital, Addis Ababa, the number is estimated to a shocking figure of about 60,000 kids with an outstanding increase in the last couple of years. Many of these children are from the countryside trying to escape poverty, violence, and abuse within their families. Often times, the street children don't face "the good life" they expected when moving to the big cities, but instead are confronted by hard work and abuse. Due to missing medical care, the lack of clean water and food, those kids trouble having a decent life and often find their way in to criminality. There are different kinds of street kids: Those who live with their families and work on the streets during the day, those who leave there families and only return on the weekend and those who left there families for ever, trying to survive on their own. No matter what kind of streetkid it is, they all deserve clean water, food and a loving environment.