Oct 2018

A breakfast for their future

Posted by Samantha Andrades on Thursday 25th October 2018

Think about breakfast... it is just one more step in your daily routine. Most of us are lucky enough to be able to get through the day without worrying about what, when and where our next meal is going to be.

Unfortunately, this is not the case for some of the poorest and underprivileged children in Ethiopia. Reports state that around 60,000 children just in the capital city of Addis Ababa are spending their days on the street without access to shelter or adequate food. Think about it: the number of street children in Addis Ababa is approximately the same as the population of Co. Sligo. For these children, one meal per day is a privilege.

Every single day, these children are forced to beg for money or for discarded scraps of food, just enough to keep their malnourished bodies fed for a few more desperate hours. They are trapped in a hopeless cycle of abuse, hardship and terrible danger. But it doesn’t have to be like this.

Our partner Hope Enterprises give street children a healthy breakfast of bread, banana and milk. It is so much more than a nutritious meal: breakfast at Hope is followed by informal lessons in reading, writing and numeracy, giving street children access to basic education and a chance to escape the dangers of poverty. Breakfast for these children is more than just a meal, it is an opportunity for a better future.

Thanks to Hope’s support I was able to ATTEND university. ”- Eyob Tsehaye.

Eyob Tsehaye was born in 1999 in Addis Ababa. His father died when he was three years old, leaving his mother to care for him and his two young siblings alone. Eyob’s mother earned a miserable income as a daily labourer, which was not enough to fulfil their basic needs, forcing the three young children to beg for food and money in the dangerous streets of Addis.

Eyob joined Hope’s Street Children breakfast program in 2007 when he was eight years old. Since joining Hope, Eyob has received breakfast six days a week, school supplies and uniforms to support his education.

Last year Eyob passed the exam to join Bahir Dar University, starting a degree in Computer Science. Thanks to the incredible work of Hope, Eyob has been provided with the necessary support and educational skills needed to reach university.

“Thanks to Hope’s support I was able to attend the university. Receiving breakfast allowed me go to school and not be hungry. Had it not been for this support, my story would be told from the streets.”

We are only able to support these children with your help. We desperately need people like you, who are willing to take action against the hardships that Ethiopian children face.

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