Serving the Children, Families & Leadership in Korah, Ethiopia

“God led us to this destitute community named Korah, where His precious children are living in extreme poverty; in garbage dumps and makeshift homes filled with darkness.” - Eve Pohl April 2010

What began as an outcast, leper community seventy-five years ago has now grown into Korah, an urban slum with an estimated 130 000 people in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. To this day people infected with leprosy continue to flee to Korah for treatment and to escape from those who believe that they are cursed. After three generations, leprosy is not the only disease found here; people suffer from starvation, TB, HIV/AIDS and many other preventable diseases. These people have become outcast and forgotten.

Those living in Korah are extremely vulnerable. The area is consumed by poverty, leaving many widowed and orphaned. Illness spreads quickly due to scarce and tainted food, filthy living conditions and a lack of clean water. Most who survive do so through begging, prostitution and living off of the city’s garbage dump; a place many orphans call home. Men, women and children spend their days searching and sifting through the trash, desperate to find food or discarded metal and plastic they can salvage and sell for pennies.

All is not dark… there IS HOPE

A committed group of leaders has risen up from within Korah. These are the ‘boys of the trash dump’ who have grown up to become the ‘Men of Korah’; a beacon of light and hope to those living there. As young teens, these men were unexpectedly transformed by words they had never heard before - that “Jesus loves the leper!” This forever changed their lives. As time went on they began to demonstrate this love by serving the hurting people of their community and eventually Great Hope Ministries, an Ethiopian NGO, was formed. These men are a testimony to God’s love and His power to break the yoke of poverty; bringing hope and a future to the people of Korah. 

“Working Together for Hope”

Loosening the yoke of extreme poverty in Korah, Ethiopia and bringing hope to those who live there.
Isaiah 58:6-7

Hope for Korah has been established to take action towards breaking the cycle of urban poverty for families living in Korah. We do so through partnership with Great Hope Ministries because we believe that they know their community best. Jointly, we have developed a number of projects, including a breakfast program for malnourished children and a family sponsorship program for destitute families. Together we are committed to serving and empowering the people of this community with the love and compassion of Christ, bringing much needed “Hope for Korah”.

Berta Breakfast Program for Malnourished Children

The Berta Breakfast Program serves breakfast to boys and girls, five days a week and for many it is the largest meal of their day. Berta is a type of porridge made with cereals, legumes, nutrients, vitamins & minerals specifically designed for those who are malnourished. Children in Korah are underweight. Most families only eat once a day and the quality of food is extremely poor, often scavenged from the city garbage dump. It is common for these children to have poor participation (some actually fainting) in school because they have not eaten.

Tibebu Bekele is the Ethiopia International Director of HOPE International Development Agency. This is what he has to say about the Great Hope Ministries/Hope for Korah Berta Breakfast Program:

 "The breakfast program is a wonderful intervention that is badly needed.  It really gives these children a future.  Because education is the way out [of poverty] for most and you can't do that with an empty stomach. Keep it up." 

Family Sponsorship Program – ‘Keeping Families Healthy and Keeping Families Together’

The Family Sponsorship Program offers hope and a future to the most vulnerable families in Korah. These destitute families have been broken through illness, death and persecution, leaving them with a feeling of hopelessness, fear and bondage to the poverty that entraps them. Sponsorship will loosen these chains and provide them an opportunity to move out of this critical state through improved living conditions, nutrition, healthcare, education and relationships. The goal is that over time, families will become involved with income generation and community development projects which promote self-empowerment and lead to healthy, stable and self-reliant families.

Together, we can make a difference.

Your gift of prayer and support of the Hope for Korah programs will have the immediate effect of improving the quality of a person’s life. Your partnership and support has the power to change the face of poverty and provide hope to an entire community.