Yenege Tesfa

Our name means Hope for Tomorrow. Our mission is to provide Gondar’s orphans and vulnerable children with a happy family life. A home, education, good health and a bright future.

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What We Do

We provide 5 Happy Homes for 80 children and School Support for 910 kids. Not only that, we provide Child Day Care, Learning Centres, Community Development, Micro-Finance, Agricultural skills and a Mobile School.

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About Us

Yenege Tesfa was born in 2001 out of the philosophy that homeless and parentless children deserve a better life.

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Home for Tomorrow

There are still over 800 children sleeping on the streets of Gondar every night, some as young as 6 years old. We need regular donations totalling €195 per week to give 17 of the most vulnerable children a home.

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Girls: the hidden problem

There are over 800 children sleeping on the streets of Gondar every night, over 90% are boys. Their situation is very tough, beyond what any child should endure. But where are the girls? There are no statistics we can find however our every day experiences speak for themselves. Girls of all ages come to our office pleading for help. They are not homeless; mostly they are ‘housemaids’. It is a common practice in Ethiopia for families to have a housemaid. This is not a bad thing; it provides vital shelter and income to many young women. However the reality of being a housemaid can be a harsh one. Mostly invisible to people outside the household many girls are treated like slaves; given no wages, fed only scraps and often mentally, physically or sexually abused. As part of our new 5 year strategic plan we hope to identify and protect these children. This can only be achieved by raising vigilance, improving education and working directly with community based organisations to build a network across Gondar. With talks with new sponsors at an advanced stage we hope to announce the opening of a new shelter soon. This new home will provide a loving family environment for 17 girls. If you are moved by this story and want to help please make a regular monthly donation to Yenege Tesfa through our UK partner Good Karma. The cost of giving a little girl a new family home with education, healthcare and a bright future is as little as €1.40 per day; no more than a cup of...

Child trafficking in Ethiopia

Child trafficking is one of the most horrifying crimes imaginable. Children are bought and traded; sold into a life of servitude and abuse. Ethiopia is a child trafficking hotspot. A recent ‘Trafficking in Persons’ report from the United States Department of State highlights the problem in Ethiopia: “Ethiopia is a source country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically conditions of forced labor and forced prostitution. Girls from Ethiopia’s rural areas are forced into domestic servitude and, less frequently, commercial sexual exploitation, while boys are subjected to forced labor in traditional weaving, agriculture, herding, and street vending.“ Families who struggle to maintain their families are often persuaded to sell their children, or even pay for them to be sent to a better life. There is a flow of rural children to Ethiopian cities and trafficking of children from cities to foreign countries. As detailed on www.ChildTrafficking.org in 2005 a legal expert with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) counter-trafficking unit in Addis Ababa, Alem Brook, said internal trafficking of children in Ethiopia was one of the highest in the world. “The parents are often deceived with promises of money or that the child will be educated […] we are talking about thousands of children each year.” The IOM warned that thousands of Ethiopian women were also trafficked abroad. At least 10,000 have been sent to the Gulf States to work as prostitutes, the agency said. “There are increasing numbers of young women being recruited from here for sexual purposes” Alem said. In 2005 traffickers in Ethiopia were reported to earn around $800 for each victim...

Away for the day: kids trip to Gorgora

Each year we plan a trip for the children outside Gondar to give them a change of surroundings and a wider look at this wonderful country. This year we went to Gorgora, a beautiful location on the northern shores of Lake Tana, renowned for its beautiful wildlife. The site of last year’s visit. We had hoped to go a little further afield to Awramba, a non-religious cooperative who weave fabrics to support their self-sustaining community. It would be an interesting education for the children. However with fuel prices very high in Ethiopia right now we opted for a return to Gorgora. The rented bus set off early from Gondar with the children full of excitement, joined by Fenta, Hanna, the mothers from each house and Dan’s mother Carolyn (visiting from the UK). All in all we were a party of over 40. The 65km journey seemed to take a long time and the kids streamed out the bus with great excitement when we finally arrived. We played games, took mounds of photos and even went for a swim in the lake. One of the highlights of the day was when Tadessa got out of his wheelchair and clung on to Dan’s back as he took him for his first swim in the lake. The kids all love being in the water… if only Fasilides Baths in Gondar could be used as a swimming pool. The mothers had brought a feast for lunch and we all ate well before the kids stripped all the local fruit trees of mangoes and berries. After a walk to the local church and yet...

200 Kids for Christmas

In Ethiopia we celebrate Christmas on January 7th. This year we were very lucky to have a generous donation from two longstanding Canadian sponsors to lay on some festivities for our kids. However we thought we could make the donation stretch to help the children even less fortunate than those in our shelters; there are still over 1500 children living on the street in Gondar. Our plan was to have a big Christmas lunch with traditional food and entertainment in one of the local halls and invite the street kids along for a big party. We handed out tickets to the kids we know to be those most in need and made preparations for the big day with ‘Shakespeare’ a local volunteer theatre group, who work with children to encourage creativity and teach them important lessons about HIV/AIDS through drama. We’d initially planned for 150 kids to come but on the day, the door was jammed with kids of all ages all keen for a good meal and party. The kids with tickets came in first and enjoyed the music put on by Shakespeare. There was a really good mood all around, especially when we dished up food and a free t-shirt for them all. Rarely can so many kids have been so well behaved! Visitors from Social Affairs also came down to visit and were charmed by all the good things going on. A big plus as we want as much support as we can from them to build our Home for Tomorrow, to find a home for these kids. One of the most touching moments came when...

Top performers at school

Today we celebrated the success of our girls and boys at school. Last year the boys in particular performed exceptionally well, with 14 of 17 finishing in the top three of their class. Enana was the only girl to top her class, so we’re hoping for a improvement from the girls year. Come on girls! We rewarded the top performers with a new school bag in a ceremony at OB Café. We hope that the rewards encourage the kids to keep up their hard work. Special thanks to Roger from Canada, whose recent donation made this...