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THE ELF GASHA CHILDREN FARMHOUSE FOUNDATION
The Elf Gasha children farmhouse is located in the town of Debre Markos in the north-west of Ethiopia. Elf Gasha means 'endless protection' in Amharic (the main language of Ethiopia). In Ethiopia there is a large number of vulnerable children. The reason is that many children lost their parents and family due to circumstances such as violence and disease, like infection with the HIV virus. Many of these children roam the streets and don't get any education, medical care and they lack social contacts. In Debre Markos 1200 children without parents are formally registered, but the actual number of street children is much higher.
The Elf Gasha Children farmhouse foundation has been established in 2007 as a non political, non religious, humanitarian organization. The foundation aims at taking care of young street children without parents or guardians in the 4th district of Debre Markos city. The children were selected in close cooperation with the district municipality. The Elf Gasha foundation itself has 4 paid staff members and 10 volunteers as well as 5 volunteer board members. Elf Gasha is part of a structured consultation of Ngo's. Reducing poverty and the difference in opportunities and social status of boys and girls are regularly discussed.

Elf Gasha aims to offer a better perspective for street children in the city of Debre Markos and change these deprived children into dignified members of the society. All children are provided with the basic needs: shelter, physical and social care, medical care, education and the teaching of skills. Furthermore the farmhouse is developing small scale farm activities (dairy farming, poultry farming and horticulture) and also introducing modern agricultural training program to youngsters (the children of the foundation above 16 years old). This program gives rise to job opportunities for the older children and forms an additional source of income to the foundation.
The farm aims to cover a sizeable part of the expenditures of the Elf Gasha children foundation, while the surplus production will be sold on the local market. In this way the foundation makes itself less dependent of foreign charity money. The farming activities and revenues are expected to make the foundation more sustainable in the long run. The older children in the farmhouse devote part of their time actively to the farming. This helps the project to save costs while the children acquire farming skills.