Abdurezak is a sweet 4-year-old little boy. He is a shy, sweet, soft-spoken boy who lives with his mom, brother, and sister in a tiny mud hut in Kechene, Ethiopia. We were told that his mother was raped and she doesn’t know whom Abdurezak’s father is. To earn an income, Abdurezak’s mother washes clothes. Abdurezak’s favorite food is shiro, a spicy Ethiopian food. His favorite color is white.
Awake & Alive is a champion for educating children in Ethiopia, Africa. The children and families served by Awake & Alive in the Kechene slum (located in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa) are among the poorest and most marginalized people in Ethiopia.
To further its purpose, Awake & Alive has partnered with Bright Future, a highly reputable Ethiopian nonprofit organization. Together, Awake & Alive and Bright Future opened a school and tutoring center in Kechene for 185 of the poorest and most marginalized children in Ethiopia. Currently, the all-Ethiopian staff provides full educational services for 4 to 7-year-old children, a large majority of which are orphans or half-orphans (one parent deceased). In addition, Bright Future provides medical and general health education for the widows of the half-orphan students.