A Mother's Prayer
A Mother's Prayer
Under Mary's Eyes
Under Mary's Eyes
Kore Mother and Daughter
Kore Mother and Daughter
A New Family Member
A New Family Member
A Warm Welcome
A Warm Welcome
Not Your Middle Class
Not Your Middle Class
Family Strength
Family Strength
Amare and "His Children"
Amare and "His Children"
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The Strong Team (School)
The Strong Team (School)
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English Class at Strong
English Class at Strong
The Strong "Summer Class"
The Strong "Summer Class"
Bread of Life Break Room
Bread of Life Break Room
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The Strong School Library
The Strong School Library
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Strong's Vision and Mission
Strong's Vision and Mission
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Strong Day Care "Class Photos"
Strong Day Care "Class Photos"
Strong's Day Care Cook
Strong's Day Care Cook
Strong Day Care's Nurse's Office
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Strong's Injera Stores
Strong's Injera Stores
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Feeding the Future
Feeding the Future
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Strong Hearts Painting
Strong Hearts Painting
Slum Kitten
Slum Kitten
Under Mary's Eyes (2)
Under Mary's Eyes (2)
A Strong Church
A Strong Church
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Rubble Boy in Pink Clogs 2
Rubble Boy in Pink Clogs 2
Building a New Future
Building a New Future
Kore Mother and Daughter
Kore Mother and Daughter
Kore Mother and Daughter
Kore Mother and Daughter
A Mother's Prayer
A Mother's PrayerIn the Kore landfill slum in the poorest district of Addis Ababa, a mother has traveled hundreds of miles from her hometown in the far north of Ethiopia, to care for her son and his wife, who are both severely ill and bedridden in their one room windowless hovel. She has herself been ill with a goitre for over twenty years. She contemplates their immediate challenges while her son's thoughts are lost in the middle distance. Fortunately for them, the government has in recent years become more supportive of independent charitable organizations such as Strong Hearts, that work ceaselessly to give succor to the needy in the fast-growing and rapidly modernizing capital city in Africa's second-most populous nation. The mother wears a cross, a symbol of her faith - Orthodox Christianity is the most popular religion in the country, present since the ancient empire of Aksum in 300AD.
Under Mary's Eyes
Under Mary's Eyes“Under Mary's Eyes”. In the poorest slum in the poorest district of the otherwise economically booming Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, a bedridden woman contemplates her future under the loving gaze of Mother Mary - the only decorative item in her dark and windowless one room hut. Fortunately for her, the Strong Hearts Foundation, a government-supported charitable organization provides day-care for her young pre-school daughter, ensuring that the sick and poor in the city are not left-behind. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. © Jon She. #jonshe • #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #travelphotography #streetphotography • #lensculture #photooftheday #500px #apfmagazine #streetsoftheworld #natgeotravel • #colorphotography • #leica #leicacamera • #africa #ethiopia #addisababa • #slum #hospice #mother #christianity #sick
Kore Mother and Daughter
Kore Mother and DaughterA day-jobbing female laborer and her teenage daughter take refuge from the seasonal rains in their tiny one room hut, in the poorest slum in Addis Ababa's poorest slum, situated next to the largest garbage landfill in the country. While the city as a whole is growing very quickly, there are sub-populations (many of whom migrated to the capital city from the country's vast countryside who need financial and other assistance. This hut, while extremely modest, would still be beyond the means of this woman, if not for the help of the Strong Hearts Foundation, a government-approved independent charitable organization, who also provided education to the daughter.
A New Family Member
A New Family MemberA day-jobbing female laborer and her teenage daughter welcome a new feline family member to their tiny one room hut, in the poorest slum in Addis Ababa's poorest slum, situated next to the largest garbage landfill in the country. While the city as a whole is growing very quickly, there are sub-populations (many of whom migrated to the capital city from the country's vast countryside who need financial and other assistance. This hut, while extremely modest, would still be beyond the means of this woman, if not for the help of the Strong Hearts Foundation, a government-approved independent charitable organization, who also provided education to the daughter.
A Warm Welcome
A Warm WelcomeI was very touched by the warm hospitality extended to me by some of Strong Hearts' clients. This lady and her teenage daughter welcomed me into their one room windowless shack for a cup of coffee and for shelter from the torrential rain that day. They were preparing food on the ground of the alleyway just outside their doorway.
Not Your Middle Class
Not Your Middle ClassThis wonderful lady has managed to build a relatively "middle class" quality of life for herself and her two children, by weaving baskets from recycled plastic strips and selling them at a nearby market. This family are not clients of Strong Hearts, but still grateful for the work that the organization does for other members of their community.
Family Strength
Family StrengthThrough hard work and perseverance, this strong lady has forged a (relatively) middle class existence for her two children in the slums of Kore.
Amare and "His Children"
Amare and "His Children"Amare Terferi of the Strong Hearts group with some of "his children" - these from a special needs tuition class they conduct during the summer school break months.
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The Strong Team (School)
The Strong Team (School)
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English Class at Strong
English Class at Strong
The Strong "Summer Class"
The Strong "Summer Class"
Bread of Life Break Room
Bread of Life Break Room
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The Strong School Library
The Strong School Library
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Strong's Vision and Mission
Strong's Vision and Mission
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Strong Day Care "Class Photos"
Strong Day Care "Class Photos"
Strong's Day Care Cook
Strong's Day Care Cook
Strong Day Care's Nurse's Office
Strong Day Care's Nurse's Office
Strong's Injera Stores
Strong's Injera Stores
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Feeding the Future
Feeding the FutureIn the poorest slum in Addis Ababa surrounding the largest garbage landfill, an independent charitable organization started by a pastor who himself grew up in the district works tirelessly to change the lives of the next generation for the better. One of their efforts is a day-care center that provides for the children of the very poor or very sick or dying parents.
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Strong Hearts Painting
Strong Hearts Painting
Slum Kitten
Slum KittenThis family's new member, a kitten who had wandered by the previous day, had not yet been named when I visited their humble abode. They asked to suggest a name and I told them the Mandarin word for cat was "Mao"... Like me, she was happy to be in a warm and dry place, however modest.
Under Mary's Eyes (2)
Under Mary's Eyes (2)“Under Mary's Eyes (2)”. In the poorest slum in the poorest district of the otherwise economically booming Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, a bedridden woman contemplates her future under the loving gaze of Mother Mary - the only decorative item in her dark and windowless one room hut. Fortunately for her, a government-supported charitable organization provides day-care for her young pre-school daughter, ensuring that the sick and poor in the city are not left-behind. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. © Jon She. #jonshe • #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #travelphotography #streetphotography • #lensculture #photooftheday #500px #apfmagazine #streetsoftheworld #natgeotravel • #colorphotography • #leica #leicacamera • #africa #ethiopia #addisababa • #slum #hospice #mother #christianity #sick
A Strong Church
A Strong ChurchThe outside view of the church in the Kore slum operated by the Strong Foundation.
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Rubble Boy in Pink Clogs 2
Rubble Boy in Pink Clogs 2I ran into this boy who was exploring the rubble left over from the landslide in the Koshe garbage landfill that reportedly killed dozens of families in March 2017.
Building a New Future
Building a New FutureLaborers work to build a new future, in the rubble of a landslide that killed many families that lived atop the largest garbage landfill in Ethiopia earlier this year. The "mountain" in the background is formed completely of rubbish that has been collected here over the past few decades. The building atop it is a new biomass energy plant being developed to convert the organic waste to usable fuel.
Kore Mother and Daughter
Kore Mother and DaughterA day-jobbing female laborer and her teenage daughter take refuge from the seasonal rains in their tiny one room hut, in the poorest slum in Addis Ababa's poorest slum, situated next to the largest garbage landfill in the country. While the city as a whole is growing very quickly, there are sub-populations (many of whom migrated to the capital city from the country's vast countryside who need financial and other assistance. This hut, while extremely modest, would still be beyond the means of this woman, if not for the help of the Strong Hearts Foundation, a government-approved independent charitable organization, who also provided education to the daughter.
Kore Mother and Daughter
Kore Mother and DaughterA day-jobbing female laborer and her teenage daughter take refuge from the seasonal rains in their tiny one room hut, in the poorest slum in Addis Ababa's poorest slum, situated next to the largest garbage landfill in the country. While the city as a whole is growing very quickly, there are sub-populations (many of whom migrated to the capital city from the country's vast countryside who need financial and other assistance. This hut, while extremely modest, would still be beyond the means of this woman, if not for the help of the Strong Hearts Foundation, a government-approved independent charitable organization, who also provided education to the daughter.
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