What We Do
Out of the Ashes works with kids that are 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 and the name Korah in the means cursed. It is situated directly adjacent to the city trash dump. Due to the extreme poverty in Korah, many families are just unable to provide for their children. Lacking options, parents send their children (some as young as 6 years old) to “work” in the “Koshe” (trash dump).
Once there, the children live and even eat from the dump. They spend their days picking through the piles of trash and searching for scraps of plastic or metal to sell. Younger children often fall prey to adults, older kids, hyenas, and large scavenger birds who all fight for the “best trash.” Before they are even teenagers, many succumb to alcohol and drug use, and none of the children go to school.
It is a devastating reality for most of the thousands of children living and eating 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 quite literally pull kids Out of the Ashes of the trash dump and send them to school.