Endelawit is 5 years old. She lives in the slum community of Kechene, Ethiopia with her mom, dad, and little sister. Her mother has the extremely labor-intensive job of collecting and carrying sticks down the mountain to sell for firewood in the capital city, Addis Ababa. Her father is a daily laborer. They pay more than half their income for house rent. Life is very difficult for this family. Endelawit is an outgoing and happy child. Her favorite color is black she loves cats and when she isn’t in school she likes to play games with her friends.
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.