International Youth Day
Posted by Francesca Rutherford on Tuesday 16th August 2016
For International Youth Day (12th August) I’d like to tell you a little bit about our partner HOPE Enterprises. HOPE has been transforming the lives of young children in Ethiopia since 1971, ever since Jack and Evangel Smith opened their home, and hearts, to twenty street children offering them basic needs, schooling and skill training. When the Smiths left Ethiopia, local people continued their work and now employ nearly 400 staff and run feeding programmes for up to 4,000 students.
In 2002 Ethiopiaid and HOPE joined forces and since then have worked together to feed and school thousands of street children who are rounded up from doorways, bus stations, and derelict hovels.
One of the kids that Ethiopiaid and HOPE have helped is Tamrat. Tamrat started going to HOPE School when he was 5 years old and thanks to his love of learning, now 18, Tamrat has enrolled in the General Metal and Fabrication Assembly course at HOPE Enterprises. He says that the best part of the course is its high chance of employability and shared that: “For future students I recommend this field of education”.
Tamrat wants to work in a self-help business group when he completes the two-year course –he has a group of 5 friends who want to do this too. They plan to finance the enterprise by linking with a microfinance scheme.
The challenges facing children who want to go to school are high. 80% of Ethiopian people survive on less than $2 a day, which means there is no money for food, shoes, school books or fees. On average, an educated Ethiopian child will only go to school for 7 years and only 52% will complete primary school (World Bank statistics).
That is why we need your help. Thanks to your support, the ambition of students like Tamrat can be develop.
Help us to reach out to more children and brighten their future!