What We Do
In addition to the children we are giving a home, we are also supporting the local community in many ways; giving them a brighter future and tackling the causes of child homelessness.
Most children come from living on the street or have been recently orphaned. We help them grow in every way we can.
We currently have three boys’ houses. In each house there are between 15-17 boys, one big brother, a mother, and father. They all live at the house with the children.
The first house was opened 8 years ago and it is sponsored by Nosissa. The second boys’ house was opened in September 2012, and the third shelter was opened in October 2013. Both shelters are sponsored by Dertiende Ster.
We currently have two girls’ houses. As for the boys, there are between 15-17 girls, a big sister, a mother and a father. They all live at the house with the children.
The first house for girls celebrated its fourth birthday on the 8th of September 2013. The second girls’ house was opened three years ago. Both shelters are sponsored by Dertiende Ster.
We opened a day care centre for children of single mothers aged between 3 and 6. There are currently 20 children. The mothers are involved in our micro-finance program. Read more.
We have a Learning Centre for our children who live in the houses, for children living on the street and for children who live in plastic houses.
We provide the uniforms and materials for over 910 children to attend school each year. The cost is less than €10 per child per year. You can help our effort by Sponsoring here.
We also provide a mobile school three days a week in different locations around Gondar. This part year over 6,000 individuals attended outdoor informal classes in school subjects as well as life skills.
Our Bright Minds Scholarship program currently supports 15 students to continue their education through a higher degree. We provide enough to keep them motivated and their dependants fed.
We also support rural schools in the catchment zone with materials and spring water development for sanitary hygiene as well as building proper latrines.
The mobile school is a cart on wheels, with extendible blackboards and colourful panels that are used to teach street children, meeting them wherever they are. The school is aimed to raise the self-esteem of street children and to provide them schooling since they have little access to education.
The school is taken out each week to three locations in Gondar.
We are running a successful healthcare voucher scheme, giving hundreds of sick children in Gondar free access to clinics and pays for their medicine. Over 1,500 people were provided a healthcare voucher last year.
In addition, we often provide food support to patients who are unable to properly take their medicine or need a little extra help during their treatment period.
Yenege Tesfa’s Bread Coupons are sold in hotels and businesses around Gondar. Each coupon is worth one fresh loaf of bread and can be exchanged at local bakeries. Over 3,000 coupons, and subsequent loaves of bread were given out last year.
A coupon can be given to street children and other people in need of a meal for the day. This is a responsible alternative to handing out money without knowing where and with whom it will eventually end up. If you are traveling to Gondar, pick up a coupon booklet around town!
We give HIV/AIDS, hygiene, psychosocial and life skills trainings to street children and vulnerable children which help with developing the awareness and confidence to deal with bad influences, and become productive, responsible citizens.
Breaking the Cycle
We give HIV/AIDS, hygiene, psychosocial and life skills trainings for single parents and vulnerable people which help with developing the awareness and confidence to deal with bad influences, and become productive, responsible citizens.
Income Generating Activity Training - Micro-finance
We provide business and financial management training and micro loans that can help a family with low or no income to set up their own small venture. In this way, we help people to provide for themselves.
Many orphaned or homeless children have extended families.
Our reunification programme works with local police to find and reunite children with their families.
Agriculture for Single Mothers
Many children decide to move from the country side to the city to make some money or try to find food. We are teaching their mothers to properly use the land. Our trainings go from land preparation to harvesting and will help them to feed their family in a sustainable way and prevent their children to leave the country side.