Koshe (also known as Korah) is a community built around a city dump near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Toi Mears* with TeachBeyond says the community original began as a leper colony. The community has lived near the dump for years, and around 150,000 people call the area home.
Surviving at the Dump
Families and individuals live off of the nearby trash. At the cost of their education, kids are often sent to scavenge through garbage.
TeachBeyond is working to patch education gaps and lift kids out of poverty. It is why the ministry partners with Brook Hill Development Organization in the area to provide education programs and educational intervention.
TeachBeyond’s project, Open Schools Worldwide, is available to kids 7-years-old and up in the Koshe area. Currently, the age range of students is 7 to 15-years-old. Most of these kids have previously received zero schooling.
“Open Schools, which is a program, it’s not a school, but it’s a program that is designed for children who have never been to school or have had very little schooling. And, it gives then the beginning skills so that when they can hopefully finish the Open School program in a year, they can then enter the public-school system and not be leaps behind,” Mears says.
During the program, TeachBeyond also teaches students about Jesus. This is the first time some kids hear about God. Mears hopes Open Schools Worldwide is the first of many education programs for the children of Koshe. For this to happen, the ministry needs support.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn