Ethiopia is in the Horn of Africa, and it is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Ethiopia is one of the few countries in the world that uses a different calendar, called the Eritrean Calendar. It’s also one of two countries that still uses Ge’ez script, which is one of the most ancient written languages in the world. The cities in Ethiopia are rapidly developing and cultural pride is extremely strong among its people.
About Repi, Addis Ababa
Also known as Kore or Koshe, which means “dirty” in Amharic, this dumpsite began in 1964 and holds the trash of 5 million people living in or near the capital of Ethiopia. About 500 people make a living at the site, which the government unsuccessfully tried to close in 2014 but could not when residents in a nearby region fought back against placing a dump on their land. In May of 2017, a landslide at the dump killed more than 113 people, according to this report in The New York Times, including one of our scholarship students and many of our scholar’s family members and friends. A close-knit community lives near the dump, made up of families who have a loved one affected by leprosy or HIV/AIDS.
What we do here
We currently support the education of over 100 students in Ethiopia through our Step by Step program.
We support entrepreneurs by raising funds for their businesses, after a business proposal and approval process.
We advocate for the individuals in these communities by bringing their stories back to the U.S.
International Samaritan is a nonprofit organization with the designation 501(c)(3). Our headquarters is located in Ann Arbor Michigan.