Street Child Restoration
The Forsaken Children’s (TFC) street child restoration ministry is a multifaceted project that works with two primary groups of children: those who are on the verge of “streetism” and those who are full time street children.
The central component of TFC’s work with these two groups of children is the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel provides our Ethiopian team with the necessary foundation to implement the 3 R’s:
- RESCUE: We desire to rescue children from the streets of Ethiopia. This process can be short or long depending on each individual child, but much of it takes place at our main ministry location, the drop-in center. The drop-in center is a safe place where children can come off of the streets and receive food, participate in informal education, bathe, and simply play as kids. The center provides Ethiopian team members the chance to develop trust with these children and eventually guide them back to their family.
- RESTORE: Once a child is rescued from the streets he or she needs a very important thing – a family. We work tirelessly with children to rehabilitate them and then to restore them back to the family they need to develop as any child should. Children who have no family able or willing to care for them are placed into a family made up of a house mother and other children who share a similar past.
- REBUILD: This is the part of our ministry that allows us to minister to children on the verge of “streetism” and their families. We work with these children and their families to rebuild and strengthen them. A large part of what we do is invest in these children’s education by ensuring they remain in school and providing supplemental educational support (library, tutoring, school visitation, etc…). Simply remaining in school deters many children from ever leaving their homes for life on the streets.
The Forsaken Children’s Ethiopian team reaches children and families in the impoverished area known as Lideta within Addis Ababa and in the rural community of Dorsi. Again, key to our success is the impact we have in these communities as our team shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the children and their families.
In 2008, we began work on the Kota Ganate Agriculture Project, which is a working farm in Chencha, Ethiopia that is moving toward financially supporting aspects of our street child restoration ministry from within Ethiopia. This project is integral to our desire for sustainability.