Reaching Out to Street Children in Ethiopia

by Retrak America
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Summary

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.
$80,000
total goal
$28,044
remaining
387
donors
3
monthly donors
6
years active

Challenge

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.

Solution

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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Resources

http:/​/​www.retrak.org
For more info about our projects in Africa
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
African Charter - Rights and Welfare of the Child
UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

Organization Information

Retrak America

Location: Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.retrak.org
Project Leader:
Joan Townsend
US Country Director
Washington, DC United States
$51,956 raised of $80,000 goal
 
708 donations
$28,044 to go
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