There are an estimated 100,000 homeless children in Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, alone. Many NGOs, however, estimate that number to be much higher.
Although some shelters exist, their capacity is usually small, housing fewer than 20 children. On top of that these shelters usually charge the children a daily rate to stay there.
Overcome by the difficulty of their situation, many children resort to sniffing glue, which is easy to obtain on the street.
Human trafficking has become an increasing issue. Young girls are often forced into domestic service slavery.
How We Help
A Wonderful Partnership
Pay it Forward Ethiopia has partnered with Hold My Hand, an NGO based in Ethiopia.
Hold my Hand was founded by three Ethiopian university students who were alarmed by the increasing number of homeless youth in the Bole sub-city area. What started as a weekend support group in 2014 has turned into a permanent all boys shelter offering foster care, familiy reunification, and support for some of Ethiopia's most at-risk homeless boys.
Through this partnership, Hold My Hand will be able to expand its opperations to provide a home for 30 girls, as young as 8 years old, currently living on the street.
A Food Truck Story
The Taste of Ethiopia food truck has been operating in the Green Bay, WI area since 2015. Since then many people have come to love the unique Ethiopian fusion food flavors created by founder and head chef Pat Joyce.
The food truck has been an excellent fund rasing opportunity. All proceeds from sales on the truck go directly towards supporting our partnership with Hold My Hand.
How You Help
The easiest way to help is to donate. Pay it Forward is a 501 (c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.
Click the button below. Even a dollar per month will make a world of difference to the girls being helped by our girls home.
Come see us at the food truck. You'll have a tasty experience and help support a great cause!
Have Another Idea?
We are always excited for new ideas. Contact us today and tell us how you can help. We'd be happy to have you be a part of our cause.