ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, IS LARGER THAN NAIROBI & HAS DEEPER POVERTY.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is larger than Nairobi and has deeper poverty. The large number of boys and young men on the streets are basically ignored by society. MITS is assisting a nonprofit ministry called Lighting the Ethiopian Path, doing for them what MITS has done for homeless youth in Nairobi.
ABOUT LIGHTING THE ETHIOPIAN PATH
MEET THE ALEMES
Dereje & Mindi Aleme, the founders of Lighting the Ethiopian Path, are blessed to have the perspectives of two countries: Ethiopia and America. Dereje Aleme was born in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia with a population of over 4 million. He left his country as a refugee when he was young and later lived and worked in several Africa countries before moving to Kampala, Uganda. Mindi Aleme was born in a small town in Colorado. She moved to Kampala, Uganda a few years after completion of her degree at Pepperdine University.
While working at a Christian non-profit educational resource center, the two met and were engaged. After spending the next 10 years in Los Angeles, they returned to Ethiopia with their two little boys. While faith in a ever-present, loving Lord prompts both to spend their lives in service, Dereje is further driven by his personal experience of life on the streets when living as a young refugee. Knowing the difficulties of this dangerous life first-hand, Dereje is passionately seeking to help the homeless teens on the streets of Ethiopia. Believing that education is the key to transformation, the two started working on innovative ways to approach the communities most vulnerable to the cycle of poverty. In addition to his connections in Ethiopia, Dereje brings his experience in management and entrepreneurship to the organization. Mindi brings over 12 years of professional experience in education administration and nonprofit program management. Mindi also has a MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Change to match her passion for community development, enterprise development, and female empowerment. Lighting the Ethiopian Path is the result of their vision, but is equally infused with the wisdom of their dedicated Board of Directors.