STREET TO THE FUTURE

Where
Sub-city of Gullele, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Direct beneficiaries
1,820, 50% of whom are students at Atse School

Context
With almost 300,000 inhabitants, Gullele is the fifth most densely populated sub-city of Addis Ababa. Most of its inhabitants are migrants who come from the southern part of the country and are employed in the textile industry or beg on the streets.
20% of children aged between 6 and 17 don’t go to school and are often forced to beg with their parents. On the streets children become even more vulnerable and run the risk of exploitation, abuse, trafficking and even drug addiction. It is estimated that, in Ethiopia, at least 1.2 million children are victims of trafficking every year.

From CIAI’s perspective, taking children to school is a concrete action to contrast poverty and lack of future. Breaking down barriers that prevent children from enjoying their rights, starting from access to education, is the first step towards inclusion.

What we want to achieve
Children with access to education.
Children aware of the risks of living on the streets.
Families supported in their parenting skills.
Communities supported in their ability to generate income.
More effective school system and educational experience thanks to ongoing teacher training.

What we do
We support Atse Teklegiorgis School – a point of reference for the education and development of children – where the project is implemented.
We guarantee children attending school a daily meal.
We promote the participation of children in school life and we prevent them from having to beg for money.
We strengthen teaching skills through training.
We involve the whole sub-city’s community by implementing actions to improve families’ financial situation through training courses and income-generating activities.