Addressing the root cause

Jun 17, 2020

🌍 A national study by Young Lives Ethiopia on childhood poverty shows that around 18 percent of households in Ethiopia include at least one child who is an orphan. The root cause of the breakdown in these families that often leads to orphaned children in Ethiopia is poverty. Because the demand for the Ethiopian orphan care system is so great, around the age of 14 “older orphans”  must learn how to survive on their own so the youngest and most vulnerable are able to be cared for. These children now face another obstacle, how to survive with no family watching over them. Most of these children drop out of school to earn enough money to eat each day, leaving them with no long-term job skills to help them break out of the poverty cycle.

💛 This is where Addis Jemari comes in. The AJ Home strives to combat the effects of generational poverty in Ethiopia by creating a true family environment for once orphaned and vulnerable teenage girls. Our Family Empowerment Program (FEP) works directly with families living in impoverished conditions, struggling to fulfill daily needs who are on the verge of family breakdown as our means of preventing the orphan crisis caused by generational poverty in Ethiopia. We provide for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of all in our program. To meet these needs, we instill our five core values program (education, life skills, discipleship, financial literacy, and community involvement) to move our AJ Girls and FEP Families from merely surviving to thriving.

Learn more about the work we do in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and how you can help us break the cycle of generational poverty once and for all at