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.