Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia. It borders the Great Rift Valley and is the countries commercial and cultural hub. Unlike our partner communities in Kenya, Addis is an ubran landscape filled with busy streets, tall buildings and a variety of street vendors selling various goods. The population is a mix of social, cultural and economic populations. It is not uncommon to see a large mansion directly adjacent to a slum or small compound of shanty homes built of corrugated metal and cloth.
Oftentimes men, women and families move from the rural areas to Addis Ababa in search of work. While the men and women want to work they are often met with unexpected challenges. Illiteracy, language barriers and a lack of education leave many going door to door in search of odd jobs. Many husbands also leave their wives and children for other women. This leaves women in vulnerable positions with no way to care or provide for their children.