Re&Act started a five-year partnership with Selam Children’s Village to support five orphan homes in Addis Ababa City, Yeka Sub City, Kotebe, Wereda and Bole Sub City – supporting a total of 60 children. In these houses, the orphans get holistic support including food, clothing, medical care, education (Kindergarten to High School) and other necessary care through social workers, educators, nurses and psychologists.

 

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Roche employees visiting Selam Children's Village

Additionally, Re&Act funds support 50 youths to receive technical and vocational training. The youth are supported in preparations for the National Occupational Assessment as well as job search and placement services so that they can better succeed in their professional and personal ambitions. In 2020, 12 youths became fully independent bringing the total to 23 youths since project inception.

Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa with a population of over 99 million. More than 48 million – roughly half of the population – are children. One third of the population lives on less than 1.90 USD per day and is thus situated below the international poverty line.

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A youth from the vocational training programme shows Roche employees around Selam

Due to the impact of Covid-19 quarantine, the Ministry of Education is broadcasting lessons by TV and the Selam school is giving out worksheets as well as using telegrams and telephone to reach the high-school students.

Selam Children’s Village is a non-governmental, non-profit making organisation which provides care and support to orphan children in Ethiopia, so that they holistically develop and become self-reliant. Selam Children’s Village provides quality education in its educational institutions, Technical and Vocational College which benefits the orphans and youths and the surrounding community.