Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in Africa, and many
girls escape child marriage and harmful practises such as FGM by travelling to
the cities in search of work. Once in the city they are vulnerable to
exploitation and abuse. How desperately these young women and girls need to
hear that they have value and worth, and need to be given a hand up.
WOW works with 75 children on an education programme and 60
women on a WOW programme in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Families in
this suburb of the city live in extreme poverty, with no sanitation, no running
water and without adequate shelter. Many
of the women earn as little as £5 per week, and cannot feed their families. Our
WOW Programme provides shelter, healthcare and business opportunities for the
women, as well as an education or the children. As always, the main focus is on
the women and children understanding they have value and worth in God’s eyes, though
love, friendship, encouragement and support.