Project in Brief
MCRC provides shelter, food, education, medical care and therapy for children and their parents.
Taking in extremely disadvantaged children from Addis Ababa and beyond, the centre’s basic activities include feeding those in the program, providing a formal school education for the children and funding medical care for those in need.
In addition the centre aims to help its participants recover from past traumas and to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to be independent and successful in the future. An extensive therapy program including counseling, art, dance and music is part of the daily schedule. Parents of the children are actively recruited to paid employment within the project and strengthening of family bonds is facilitated through organized activities.
Furthermore, the mothers of the children – many of whom have been victims of gender based violence – are given professional training to achieve economic independence. As an example, the centre currently operates a financially self sufficient shop and a tailoring workshop, together with a course in professional childcare.