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Ethiopia – Ten years of "Bosco Children Project"

26 June 2018

(ANS – Addis Abeba) – "Bosco Children Project" in Addis Abeba celebrates 10 years of its existence.  The Bosco Children project has been giving a concrete and efficient answer to the street children problem that has remarkably increased in the last fifteen years in Ethiopia, especially in the capital city Addis Abeba.  The socio-economical situation, broken families, different ethnic conflicts and the spreading of HIV are the most plausible causes of this phenomenon.

In tackling this growing situation, the Salesians of Don Bosco, together with lay volunteers and other collaborators, are striving to give an adequate answer by trying to achieve: rehabilitation of street children through education and technical schools, reintegration into the family and society, wherever possible; daily sharing in a general counselling service.  

The entire process followed at the Bosco Children center is through a process of three steps.  

1st step: Meeting on the street - The street is the setting where the first contact takes place in an informal way that creates a relationship between the social worker and the children. 

2nd step: Orientation program - Bearing in mind and respecting their personal choices, children have opportunities for safe accommodation with daily meals, orientation, counselling, health care, literacy program and skills training offered to them. 

3rd step: Institutional care program - One-to-one follow up and counselling, skills training courses (bamboo, automotive, leather, metal work, wood work, food preparation), personal rehabilitative program for each child, academic programs, guidance and follow-up for social integration etc.  

Needless to say, the presence of Bosco Children project in Addis Abeba is very much appreciated by the locals as well as the government officials.  The presence of hundreds of officials and well-wishers on the day of graduation, which took place on 23 June 2018, was a visible sign of this appreciation from their part.

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