Akaki Kality is a semi-rural subdivision, 30 minutes south of Addis Ababa.
Our students, along with their guardian families, were relocated to this community between 2003 and 2006, because their homes were demolished in central Addis Ababa to make way for new commercial construction. The government built small homes in the country side to accommodate them, but the rent was more than most families could pay. There was little infrastructure and few jobs in this area. Access to water and electricity was limited.
This program began in 2004 with an Ethiopian Charity named “LIGA”. LIGA operated a small Kindergarten school, operated by a group of journalists, artists, teachers, and musicians that were among the displaced people. Since they were unemployed, they decided to use their talents to help others.
From 2004 until 2006 students met under a blue tarp structure, using rows of long sticks tied together as their desks. In 2006, Canadian Humanitarian built a three room school to house the students.
Since then the community has grown, and needs have changed. Local government schools are now available. Our students needed support through their higher grades, and more services to help them succeed. So the decision was made by Real Humanitarian to change the program to follow the full Holistic Child Centered Network (HCCN) model.
In the fall of 2013 we welcomed 70 students, aged 5 years to 12 years of age, to the new Education Center. Most of these students were part of our previous LIGA school student base. Vulnerable Children Society is our partner for the Kality Program, and all activities are held in the VCS Love and Hope Center in Akaki Kality.