Future Plans

The Journey Continues…

Phase 3: Never Trek Alone

Transition Homes and Education Program

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

When a child is ready to leave the streets but there is no suitable family member to provide care, the Transition Homes and Education Program provides the next best alternative to the parental care God intended for each of his children. This where the difficulties of the trauma experienced on the streets is confronted and healing begins. This is where we walk side by side “through the valley of the shadow of death”, but with His light to guide us onward. This, too, is where the bulk of growth will take place socially, academically, and most importantly- spiritually. This phase will be staffed by mentors, house parents, Christian Psychologists, and tutors who are caring, Ethiopian believers, trained to help at-risk youth begin the journey of a new life.

Initially, both to gain the trust of officials involved in the oversight of NGO’s that work with children, and also because schooling opportunities are available within the city, we would locate these homes within Addis Ababa. (Once a full campus is built out of the city, we would consider combining this phase with the next.) The Transition Home and Education Program Phase would include the following:

  • Residential Home Life (Christian Ethiopian House Parents)
  • Life Skills (Christian Ethiopian Mentors)
  • Counseling (Christian Psychologists)
  • Basic Literacy Tutoring (reading, writing, and math)
  • Return-to-School Preparation (prep to return to public schools for those able to return to the school system)

Phase 4: Making the Trek a Way of Life

Vocational, Entrepreneurial, & Servant Leadership Training Campus

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17

After shelter, the second most important goal to youth currently on the streets of Addis Ababa is to gain a skill that will allow them to become self-sufficient. Street kids tell us all the time that they simply want a safe place to live and enough training to have an income. After the healing and basic tutoring of Phase 3, student will graduate into Making the Trek a Way of Life phase. This is a residential vocational training campus where students find God’s purpose in the twists and turns of their journey. They come to a deeper understanding of how the road they have traveled prepares them for God’s plan in their lives. While gaining the skills to support themselves, they also become servant leaders that go on to light the path for another.   Campus programs will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Residential Dormitory Living
  • Vocational Training Programs
  • Entrepreneurship Programs
  • Christian Leadership Training Program- to prepare evangelists to be sent throughout the country and into Islamic areas of East Africa
  • Community Servant Leadership Training as part of a Global Youth Experience
  • Social Enterprise Business Development to create sustainable funding streams
  • Partnership with other local ministries providing specialized vocational training when appropriate
  • Basic campus services such as café, medical clinic, security, etc..

Lighting The Ethiopian Path from Melinda Aleme on Vimeo.

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