Project of the Week in Ethiopia – Helping a youth and family apostolate in the Horn of Africa



Helping a youth and family apostolate in the Horn of Africa

by ACN Projects Department International
Adapted by Amanda Griffin, ACN Canada
Published online June 3, 2020

Sitting in the east of the continent, on the Horn of Africa, is Ethiopia—a country filled with contradictions. On the one hand, the country is showing strong economic growth, yet there is widespread deep poverty. Within the national territory there are around 80 different ethnic groups, with widely differing cultures and languages. Some 58% of the 100 million or so population are Orthodox Christians of the Ethiopian rite. Catholics make up a bare 2% of the population, although the Catholic Church maintains many schools, kindergartens and social care centres.


For instance, the Salesians of Don Bosco are providing important services in five different regions of Ethiopia. The congregation has been present in Ethiopia since 1975 and particularly engaged in work to help disadvantaged young people, such as street children, by providing them with safe refuge support, education them and various forms of vocational training.


The parish of Our Lady of Help to Christians in Adwa, located in the northern regional state of Tigray, was established in 1990 and is run today by the Salesians. It serves a community of around 220 Catholic faithful, most of whom live hand to mouth. The average monthly income most families earn is equivalent to between 35 and 70 US dollars, which is scarcely enough for their survival and inevitably, as poverty does, leads to many secondary problems, therefore there is also a tremendous need for many kinds of support.


The Salesians base their work upon three main pillars—helping children, young people and families.

This is crucial work.  ACN is proposing to help with a contribution of $22,312 for this current year.


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