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ADDIS ABABA (ETHIOPIA) – Life in Abundance (LIA) believes that every child should have an opportunity to rise to their God given potential in life. Unfortunately, many of the 60,000 to 100,000 children living on the streets of Addis Ababa miss that chance.
This is precisely why LIA launched the Merkato Integrated Street Children Prevention and Rehabilitation Project in 2007. The three-year program, recently completed, serving 150 at-risk children ages three to seven and thirty-seven former street children ages fourteen to eighteen in the Merkato District of Addis Ababa.
The Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya is one of the largest in Africa. LIA has ongoing initiatives in Kibera among a cadre of church partners. Recently, community health evangelists completed training and began a micro-enterprise program focused on public health training and goods.
We celebrate their beginning with the images that follow.
For years, the people of Israel were held captive in Egypt. Longing for their own identity, the Israelites were powerless – living as indentured servants forced to make bricks for their Egyptian slave masters.
“They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.” Exodus 1:14
“During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.” Exodus 2:23
In December, we decided to try something different. We wanted to engage you, our partners, on a deeper level. We asked not only for your continued financial partnership to support the ministry, but also asked of you to help us tell our story with the enclosed gift of a banana leaf animal handmade from women in Nairobi slums.
At LIA, we recognize that your financial contribution is one that comes with sacrifice and intentionality. On behalf of our Board of Directors and President, Dr. Florence Muindi, please accept our appreciation for your generosity throughout 2010. We literally could not undertake this ministry without your support!