The slums of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, are a tough place to grow up. But Muluemebet, whose family has benefited from ChildFund’s services, is turning out fine. Join her for an eye-opening tour of her community.
Hi. My name is Muluemebet. I am 21 years old. Behind me stands our one-room house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I live here with my parents and three brothers.
This is our kitchen. We share this space with four other households.
This is our toilet and bathroom. It serves 10 other households.
This place is known as Arada. It’s a slum. It’s very crowded and noisy.
The buildings, cars and people squeeze through the little space. Children have to live with all this.
There are no play areas for children.
Most of my peers did not complete school. So they are engaged in odd jobs such as washing clothes.
The boys will often buy or sell khat. Khat is a leafy drug. The boys are idle all day.
There's a lot of prostitution in Arada. Every corner has a prostitute’s house. They often light incense at the entrance.
I graduated this year with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting. This is my brother. He’s the firstborn in our family and also a graduate. He was a former sponsored child and now works at a bank in town.
There are many opportunities for change. And thanks to ChildFund, there is a change because of the community training on health education, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
Sometimes I feel trapped. Suffocated. Little. But I’m happy about the change.
I’m the change I want to see. I want my friends to be part of this change. To be healthy, skilled, productive and engaged.