Real Humanitarian joined forces with the local Ethiopian Charity called “PATH Ethiopia Literacy, Education and Vocational Center” in July of 2007 to support 50 young people and their families in this poor sub-city of Addis Ababa. During the next few years this program grew to include 70 students from kindergarten to grade 12.
In 2012, at the request of Real Humanitarian, new managers of the Ethiopian Charity named BEKA became the Ethiopian Project Partner to supervise and oversee the Kirkos Center activities. This program is based on the Holistic Child Centered Network (HCCN) model, and has a full after school program for 70 students from the inner city area of Addis Ababa called Kirkos Sub City. Students still range in ages from grade 1 to grade 12. However, many of the original students from 2007 are now in vocational training, university or have graduated and are working from post-secondary education programs. New students have replaced them, and the project continues to serve this part of Addis Ababa.
The students meet in a rented facility close to their homes and schools, after school and on weekends.
The program also provides vocational training and micro enterprise training and support to interested guardians, in Food Services, Catering, and Weaving.