We are always looking to expand in the areas in which we work. We desire to come alongside those in need and to support groups that want to see the world changed. We believe that God has called us to be a voice for the impoverished, therefore we are passionate about helping in any way we can, wherever we can. We believe in empowering people to take ownership of their lives by giving them the tools needed to step out of poverty and into life at its fullest. To bring people fully out of poverty, we believe we must focus on their spiritual needs as well as the physical and find ways to nurture and encourage both.
Bellow are some of the projects we are currently working on or have in the past. All projects have been done with our team here in Germany as well as those on the field in these countries.
We are not the heroes here, they are.
THE PILLALU HOUSE
The Pillalu House. Pillalu, meaning "lion cub” in Telague dialect, is a locally run children's home in the farm lands of Vijayawada, India. In this region, the elements and side effects of extreme poverty are all around. Most villagers work 13 hour days in extreme conditions getting paid under the poverty line of 1.50€ a day. In its wake became an abundance of children who have no one to care for them outside of school hours. The Pillalu House was created as a response to this problem, a grassroots effort to alleviate these kids from the harsh realities of extreme poverty.
The Pillalu House is the safe haven for 28 children. A small team of trusted local friends have been doing their best to provide these kids with basic necessities such as food, clothing, education and housing while their parents are out working. All of the adults involved strive to love these kids parentally, to give each of them personal care, attention, love and support.
SOLOMON, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Solomon changed our lives. We owe our devotion to serving the poor to Solomon. Solomon showed us that we are not fighting poverty, we are fighting for people. One, individual person that has a name and story. Solomon’s story is common, he is classified as a victim of extreme poverty because he cannot afford the basic necessities of life. After being crippled by a war injury, Solomon was unable to provide for himself and became homeless on the streets of Addis Ababa. When we first met Solomon he was laying half naked in a small tin shack waiting to die. We created the The Solomon Project to help Solomon have another shot at life. This project has funded the surgeries that have enabled Solomon to walk again and the medication he needs to regulate his illnesses. It also provides a roof over his head and all his basic needs. One man, one story and one decision to help, gave one man back his life.
Drawn from water/ south omo, Ethiopia
Drawn From Water is a project that began in the south of Ethiopia. At its core, it rescues children who have been labeled “mingi”. Mingi has been practiced by tribes in Ethiopia for hundreds of years. It means “bad omen” or “cursed” and is thought to bring drought to the land. If a child is born out of wedlock, if their teeth come in first on the bottom, or if their parents did not announce their pregnancy, the child would be considered mingi. This label means a death sentence – often the child is thrown into the Omo River and eaten by crocodiles. More than 1000 children, from the three tribes that practise it, are killed each year. When the Pick a Pocket team heard about this practice they started to work directly with one of the tribal elders and a group of long-term missionaries to help find a solution for these children. The team set up a rescue centre in a neighbouring village for children who would otherwise be facing a death sentence. The home is now run by locals and mingi is no longer practice by the one tribe, though it still exists among the two others.
THE Koshe Project/ Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
An after-school discipleship, Bible study, and English program for young girls in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These girls used to work in the trash dump to earn income for their families. With your help we can continue to support them as they grow spiritually and focus on their studies so they never have to work in the trash dump again.
Our hopes and dreams are to see them flourish into young women of God with an education that will allow them to succeed on their own, and to encourage them in the dreams and gifts that God has given them. We hope that they will grow up to be agents of change in their community and their country!
THE RAHAB CAFE/ jinka, Ethiopia
The Rahab Project was started in Jinka, Ethiopia. We met 4 girls who were forced into prostitution by abuse and poverty. They shared with us their dreams getting an education and finding a way out of prostitution. From that conversation came the idea to start a café where they could work to earn a living. The café no longer operates but has served its purpose. Most of the girls involved with the project are now married, working in a local church or pursuing higher education. Some have unfortunately chosen to go back into prostitution.