Retrak will reach out to over 800 homeless children sleeping on the streets in Ethiopia. Retrak will provide them with food, medicine, shelter, education and everything they need to build a new life away from the street.
Across Ethiopia there are thousands of children living on the streets who everyday suffer hunger, violence, poverty and abuse. There are many reasons why children are forced to live on the streets - they may have been affected by HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty or family breakdown. They may even have been trafficked or abused. In the capital, Addis Ababa this crisis is severe with Retrak, only one of eight NGOs/CBOs providing support to full time street children.
Retrak reaches out to these vulnerable children to help them build a new life away from the streets. We provide them with the food, medicine, clothing and hygiene which they desperately need. Beyond this, Retrak works hard to tackle the root problems that led them onto to the streets initially. Our priority is to return each child to a safe and caring family environment.
This project will encourage children currently living on the streets to realize their potential and make a transition from the streets back to family and community life. Through access to our services children can begin to flourish, enabled to either return to school studies or pursue their own business. Developing this strong foundation, these children will have a better chance to break out of the cycle of poverty.