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  • Centre for boys in Addis Ababa.

    Tirusew is one of 28 boys in the shelter for street children run by Save the Children’s partner organisation Retrak in Addis Ababa – the capital of Ethiopia.

     

    Here, boys are given the opportunity to play, to catch up on their education and a safe place to stay.

     

    Staff work to reunify the children with their families if possible, or to find guardians, so they can be reintegrated in their communities.

     

    Along with counselling, play is an important part of the centre’s work, preparing the boys for a life away from the streets.

     

    With funds from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s Play for Change campaign, Save the Children is able to work with more children like Tirusew, but also raise awareness among children and parents in rural areas about the dangers of migration for children.

     

     

    Learn more about the Save the Children programme: savethechildren.net/i-play-i-learn-and-im-safe

     

    Learn more about the IKEA Foundation campaign: ikeafoundation.org/campaigns/

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    2:50 video
    Filmed in Addis Ababa.

  • Esayas returned home.

    Like many teenagers, Esayas was restless. School was difficult and life at home felt hard. So Esayas decided to go to Addis Ababa on his own. But life in the big city was hard for a boy that was alone.

     

    When he was at home, he saw other boys coming back from the big city to visit the village, wearing nice clothes and having money. They were excited about the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, so Esayas decided to try it out for himself.

     

    “My plan was to work in Addis Ababa for a long time, earn money so I could study,” Esayas explains. “When I first came there, I was excited. It was a new place, and I met friends to play with. I felt happy.”

     

    But Addis Ababa didn’t turn out to be a good place for a boy on his own. Esayas spent a month living and sleeping on the streets before he was able to find a place to stay and get a job as a weaver – a traditional type of work in the village he comes from. The hours were long, work was hard and the pay just enough to keep him fed and off the streets.

     

    “I felt regret,” Esayas – now 18 years old – says. “Why should I work like this, living hand to mouth?”

     

    Esayas managed to get back home after over a year away and now he is working in the same room as his father. He is weaving at home and going to school in the village. It is better, but not ideal for him.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    2:06 video
    Filmed in Gamo Gofa.

  • Social worker at the bus station.

    Thousands of children are on the move in Ethiopia today. Save the Children works with partner organisations and local actors trying to prevent migration, but also support children that are already on the move.

     

    Seifmichel Birhanuis a social worker at the bus station in Addis Ababa. Many children who come to the capital of Ethiopia end up living on the streets around the station.

     

    “The traffickers, their family or other relatives, promise that in Addis Ababa there is a better life, Seifmichel says. “But that’s not true.”

     

    With funding from the IKEA Foundation – thanks to the Let’s Play for Change campaign – Save the Children is working with the government and local partners to reduce the risks for children on the move.

     

     

    Learn more about the Save the Children programme: savethechildren.net/i-play-i-learn-and-im-safe

     

    Learn more about the IKEA Foundation campaign: ikeafoundation.org/campaigns/

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    0:55 video
    Filmed in Addis Ababa.

  • Transition centre for girls in Addis Ababa.

    The Save the Children programme I play, I learn and I’m safe aims to support more children that are on the move, through centres like this one for girls in Addis Ababa.

     

    The shelter for girls run by Save the Children’s partner organisation Retrak has, thanks to the Let’s Play for Change campaign, the capacity to house 28 girls.

     

    The girls are given a chance to rest, learn and play. They are given a safe place to stay and staff work to reunite them with their families, or when that is not appropriate with families in their community.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    0:51 video
    Filmed in Addis Ababa.