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Orphanages in central asia are very difficult places.
Alemayu, an 11-year-old boy, was abducted from his home in rural Ethiopia when he was 7-years-old and forced to work as a slave in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's Capital. Seen here is the moment he sees his mother for the first time after being gone for 4 years.

Thanks to The Forsaken Children and especially their partner, The Onesimus Children Development Association, Alemayu is now living with his family again.

Please watch this touching video to see the breathtaking work this ministry has and has yet to accomplish.

The Forsaken Children traces its beginnings back to early 2005
when Joe Bridges and Michael Granger traveled to Ethiopia on a short-term missions trip. Both of these young men were shocked to see thousands of children living on the streets in the capital, Addis Ababa. Michael and Joe both felt convicted to not only provide shelter and love for these street children, but also to share the message and hope of Christ with them. Not coming from the culture or speaking the language made such a feat seem impossible until they met a young Ethiopian man named Nega Meaza.

Nega made it clear that he loved his country, especially its children. At the end of the trip Michael, Joe and Nega sat down for The Forsaken Children's first meeting, and a special commitment to the street children of Ethiopia was established.

In 2006, the team grew to include Joe's wife, Karyn. Joe and Karyn spent three months training in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia while working with Nega. During this trip, the Onesimus Children Development Association was founded by Nega and five other Ethiopian men and women in Addis Ababa, becoming The Forsaken Children's first partner.

Our partnership with Onesimus has helped this Ethiopian-run project reach close to 180 children in the impoverished area known as Lideta within Addis Ababa and now 20 children in the rural community of Dorsi. Many of these beneficiaries have been placed in or have remained in families due to Onesimus's intervention. Key to this success is the impact Onesimus has in these communities as they share the Gospel with the children and their families.

In 2008, Jonathan and Jessica Bridges joined The Forsaken Children and Onesimus to create the Kota Ganate Agricultural Project, which is a working farm in Chencha, Ethiopia that is moving toward supporting Onesimus from within Ethiopia.
Kota Ganate Agriculture Project
The Kota Ganate Agriculture Project : exists to create an in-country source of revenue for the Onesimus Children Development Association, strengthen the surrounding communities and their families, and heal and preserve the endangered yet rich land of Southern Ethiopia, making Kota Ganate and Onesimus a model of sustainability for all of Ethiopia.

God opened a door in a poor, farming community in the highlands of southern Ethiopia in 2010 when the local government granted Onesimus the use of 25 acres of land. By investing in this community they will be able to improve poor farmers' ability to financially support their families, and at the same time, provide a sustainable funding source for Onesimus.

Kota Ganate has developed as a working farm, implementing proven sustainable farming practices to increase the productivity of the land. Through demonstration, training, and technical assistance Kota Ganate has and will transfer these practices to the farmers in the area. The farmers will be able to increase the productivity and profitability of their land, without having to assume the risks involved with developing new techniques.

We want to help and encourage our partners to develop into strategic and long- lasting projects. While certain interventions may be more sustainable than others, none are truly sustainable without a sustainable source of income. By using the income of Kota Ganate to maintain the work of Onesimus, we will ensure the long-term success of the project, which directly impacts the lives of the children it cares for.

• Implemented a pastured poultry system used as both a training tool for locals and an income opportunity through the sale of eggs

• Sold two rounds of cabbage and potatoes

• Planted approximately 900 apple seedlings to
eventually become an onsite apple orchard

• Accepted 20 poor children from a local community into
a program that sends them to school, provides food support to their families, and creates opportunities to minister to the largely unreached Dorse community

• Started the initial steps to opening its poultry hatchery

• This will be the only one within approximately 300 KM

Photography by Nathan Golden.