This project started in early 2008 after Sandi met a group of destitute children and young teenagers in Lalibela. A house was purchased in late 2009 to manage the constantly rising rent and housing insecurity. Over the years, this project has supported about 35 young boys and girls who are either: orphaned, were living on the street, and/or who were destitute. Many have been supported through university, senior college or technical college. Two moved to foster homes in Addis Ababa. The program is now primarily supporting children and youth to live in foster homes or with extended families, rather than in the house. It is hoped this will provide extra emotional support and lessen the dependence on western support.
Small business projects include supporting a young person to set up a small chicken farm in 2019 – this small business is still going well. In late 2020/early 2021 two young people were funded to attend a 3-month bajaj (tuktuk) licence training program, as bajaj is a common form of local transport in Lalibela. We are now planning to assist a young person in his business plan of setting up a small fuel supply shop in the town as there is only one petrol station.