Tsegaye Eshete, a Canadian citizen with Ethiopian origin, grew up in this area and experienced the horrific conditons first hand. Now, together with his local partner in Ethiopia, Bethel, he wants to do something about the situation.
People who live here are thought of as being the poorest of the poor. Today it is known as the place of those who are forgotten, forsaken and cursed. It has become home for orphans, disabled, elderly and the diseased. Years ago, under Hailie Selasie this area was designated as a leper colony. At that time it was a place outside of the city where people suffering from leprosy could live without interacting with the rest of the city. It became known as a cursed and forsaken place.
Today, the city has grown around this area and is called “Korah”. It is home to 120,000 people, many of them orphans or vulnerable children. The children end up in the trash dump, searching every day for food. They often choose to be silent and feel worthless. Many are orphans and HIV positive.
Join Tsegaye and his local partner Bethel as they target to assist 200 orphans, elderly and disabled victims.
Their planned interventions include:
• A day care centre for vulnerable chidlren
• Improve basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, income, education, safety and health.
• Small business and income generation initiatives
• Educational opportunities
• Family environment for orphans
• Non formal health and education centres
• Sanitation and Water
• Life skills and income generation for the elderly