Help These Children Avoid Further Suffering

by Retrak America
Shukria at school
Shukria at school

Thank you for supporting Retrak's feeding program in the Oromio region of Ethiopia, which is now coming to an end. It was set-up as an emergency program during the worst drought that the region had suffered in 60 years. Over the past two years, Retrak has provided supplemental feeding to over 1,000 children at two primary schools in Oromia.

Your support has helped children like Shukria, a fifth grader at Goro Raya Primary School. Shukria has three brothers and five sisters and says that "before the commencement of the feeding project, I used to come to school intermittently. I rather prefer to stay at home or go to the field to search for something to eat. Even if I come to school my attention could not be on education but about my hunger. However the meal service at school helped me concentrate all my attention on education and I regularly come to school. I really do not have words to express my feeling about this project, but can only say thank you."

The drought situation in Oromia has eased enough that we feel comfortable discontinuing the feeding program. But the thousands of children living on the streets of Addis Ababa are still in desperate need of support. Please consider continuing your support of Retrak by donating to Retrak Ethiopia here.

Food for the program
Food for the program
Cooking oil
Cooking oil
Cooking shelter
Cooking shelter
Students receiving food
Students receiving food

Dear Retrak Supporter,

As 2013 draws to a close, all of us at Retrak want to thank you for supporting our work with street children in Africa. Retrak has had an eventful year; we expanded our programs into Malawi by partnering with an organization called the Chisomo Children’s Club in Blantyre, and we continued to reach more and more street children and their families through our programs in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. With your help, we’re coming closer to realizing our vision of a world where no child is forced to live on the streets.

On the eve of returning home to his family earlier this year, one child was moved to write a letter to a Retrak teacher, thanking him for all that he had done to help him return home. In this letter (reproduced below), he thanks “all the Retrak staff members” for our work. I’d like to pass his thanks on to you, our supporters, for making our work possible.

Wishing you the very best in 2014.


Joan Townsend

US Country Director


Gift the Gift of a Meal to a Hungry Child
Gift the Gift of a Meal to a Hungry Child

Today is Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season. This year Microsoft is making Giving Tuesday even more special by making a 100% match to any gift that’s made to Retrak’s program in Ethiopia, doubling the impact of your donation to Retrak.  A gift of $20 from you will feed two children a week. Twenty-five dollars will provide counseling to two children. Fifty dollars will provide shelter, safety and food to two children for a month.

Please take advantage of this incredible opportunity to double your gift by donating to Retrak TODAY, December 3rd, beginning at Noon EST. Please make your gift early before funds run out.

The Terms and Conditions of this amazing opportunity are:

  • The #GivingTuesday campaign will begin December 3rd, 2013, at 12:01 PM (noon) EST and will end December 4th, 2013, at 11:59:59 AM EST, or when matching funds run out.
  • There are $250,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft.
  • Matching is applied at 100% for every $10 up to $1,000 per donor per project.
  • Only online donations (via credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching.

A gift to Retrak will help us support the Goro Rayya Primary School in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia, providing 650 school children with a nutritious meal every day, allowing them to concentrate on their school work and live healthier lives.

Thank you for your past support of our programs that have helped thousands of street children realize their potential and discover their worth. Please help more children by taking advantage of Microsoft’s generous opportunity and make a donation to Retrak on Giving Tuesday.

For the first time last year, Retrak worked to reach vulnerable children in a disaster situation through our partner Rift Valley Children and Women’s Development Organisation (RCWDO).

The partnership between Retrak and RCWDO enabled RCWDO to provide two target schools in Oromia with meals for one year, meaning children have energy to concentrate in class and alleviating families’ struggle to provide food. Food aid was also delivered to 2,200 members of the community including single mothers and children under five.

During the project the community constructed shelters(pictured) by contributing their labour and construction materials, so that there was a place to prepare, store and distribute the food. Children then came in to the shelter to receive the meals. One such child was Geteye.

Geteye is 12 years old and lives 6-7kms away from his school meaning he has to walk for at least an hour to get there. His family survive on a few cattle and goats, but this livestock has been much reduced due to the drought and the need to sell them for food. Without enough food and energy to complete the journey and in order to help his family, Geteye was forced to dropout of school. Now however, Geteye has been included in the school feeding programme and says, “now I have no worries of hunger and drop out as I can eat at least once a day. This helps me attend class on a regular basis. I never think of dropping out this year. I am even thinking of ranking first in my classroom!”.

Rift Valley Children and Women Development
Rift Valley Children and Women Development

The UN estimates that more than 10 million people in East Africa have been affected by the worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in over 60 years. The drought in Ethiopia has resulted in a food shortage and increased malnutrition for over 97,800 people in the Oromia region alone. As a result families have been forced to migrate with their animals to areas of better pasture and children are removed from school and expected to contribute to household income through hazardous activities such as gold mining.

Retrak has been working in Oromio with a local organization called Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization (RCWDO). We're working together to help children affected by the drought access education and regular meals. 

RCWDO works with women and children to address the causes of poverty and underdevelopment in the Rift Valley areas. The partnerhsip enables RCWDO to help prevent malnutrition in Oromia by providing 650 children in two target schools with meals for one year. As a result children will have the energy to concentrate in class and alleviate the families’ burden of struggling to provide food for their children during the drought. Food aid is also provided to over 2,200 vulnerable members of the community, including single parents and children under 5 years old.

Thanks to your support, children in Oromio are able to stay in school and to eat regular meals.  Please consider making an additional donation on June 12th, during GlobalGiving's Partner Bonus Days, where your donation will go even further. All donations made on June 12th will be matched by 50% by GlobalGiving.



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Retrak America

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: https:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Joan Townsend
US Country Director
Washington, DC United States

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