BEB has been working closely with partner non-government organizations (NGOs) to see vulnerable children find a path to a loving and caring family. CFS provides NGOs working with vulnerable children the opportunity to manage children’s progress toward a family. Most of the placements in Ethiopia are biological family reunifications. In the past six months, CFS registered 41 reunifications. One of the reunified children is Henok (name changed). He is a 13-year-old boy who was living in the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Henok came from an area around Jimma which is over 200 miles away from Addis Ababa. Henok’s father passed away, and his mother was sick and unable to provide for the family. The poverty and influence of his friends drove Henok to come to Addis Ababa looking for a better life. Once Henok came to Addis Ababa, he fell into street life and developed addictions.
Prior to coming to the city, Henok was an intelligent boy who had an outstanding academic performance. Yet because of unfortunate circumstances, he had a bleak future living in his conditions. Thanks to the family reunification program, Henok is now reunified with his mother and attending school. CFS makes it easier to reunify children like Henok with their families to brighten their future and give them better opportunities.