What We Do
Out of the Ashes works with children from a “Trash Dump Village” located inside the city limits of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, called Korah. Korah is a former leper colony of over 150,000 people. The name Korah means cursed.
It is situated adjacent to the city’s trash dump. Due to extreme poverty in Korah, many families are unable to provide for their children. Lacking options, parents send their children, some as young as six, to “work” in the “Koshe,” or trash dump.
Once there, the children live and eat from the dump. They spend their days picking through piles of trash, searching for scraps of plastic or metal to sell. Younger children often fall prey to adults, older children, hyenas, and large scavenger birds who all fight for the “best trash.”
Before they are even teenagers, many succumb to alcohol and drug use. None of the children go to school. It is a devastating reality for most of the thousands of children living in Korah’s trash dump.
Without the support and aid of others, there is little hope for a different life. Out of the Ashes is committed to making a difference. We work to pull children “out of the ashes” of the trash dump to send them to school.