Just a few hours in Addis Abab, Ethiopia and your heart will break as you see the 60,000 children living on the streets of this capital city alone. Children on the streets are vulnerable in so many ways- to sexual abuse, trafficking, malnutrition, and often resorting to inahling fumes from glue to deal with the hunger and the desparation of life on the streets. Young girls often turn to prostitution in order to survive.
The Hall Steps Foundation wants to be a part of the solution by partnering with Make Your Mark. Ryan and Sara have learned about their model of inviting kids living on the street to take part in their program and give them the tools they need for a healthy and successful life. Funds raised will go to helping them create a center for young girls coming out of homelessness, trafficking and prostitution.
Thank you so much for partnering with us to help some of the most vulnerable people in Ethiopia!
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Do you believe that children, as young as 9 years old, should be living, sleeping, being abused and surviving on the streets?
At Make Your Mark – (MYM) we believe that children and youth living on the streets is an injustice that must be addressed. This belief is why we tirelessly defend these children and strive to restore them to what all children primarily need, a childhood with a family. MYM is a non-profit organization with a focus on children who are the most disadvantaged and are therefore extremely vulnerable without help. Our ultimate desire is that the children and youth in our care will become free from the layers of poverty that entangle them — economic, physical, social and spiritual poverty. It is our deepest desire to see them able to reach their full redemptive potential as both active Christ followers and productive citizens in their communities.
Here are the three areas MYM does work here in Ethiopia:
· INTERVENTION: Moving kids from street life to family life. Providing a place of renewal for street children through our center of excellence. The end goal is to reintegrate with birth families or placing children in local family based care.
· PREVENTION: Coming beside extremely impoverished families to keep their children home. Providing the needed resources; educational needs, counseling and small business trainings and loans to empower families to stay together.
· MOBILIZE: Educate, empower and mobilize the local community in orphan care. Promoting local solutions to encourage domestic adoption and foster-care through large annual summits and bi-annual workshops.