In Addis Abeba, street kids, particularly young kids, have become more prevalent recently. Young children flee rural hardship and, frequently, family dissolution by emigrating to the city. In many cases poverty in combination with the economic crisis, natural disasters, the civil war, or family problems are the factors that have driven the children to the streets.
Simple Acts of Kidness has been working to support and empower street children with income generating activities and education. They can become economically independent and self sufficient to cover their needs. Once they are empowered, they make sure that they are able to get education and protected from being vulnerable and street life.
Another part of the program is to reconnect children with their family. Children often flee from their family, because of extreme poverty and the hope for a better life in the city, but after a while the long to go back and be reunited. Simple Acts of Kindness wants to support the children who want to go back to their rural communities to be with their family again.