‘A drop of water, in time, will fill a jar’- reflecting on Retrak’s first combined reintegration and community prevention project


We are very excited to share with you a recently completed final evaluation of our first combined reintegration and community prevention project in Ethiopia. Since 2007, Retrak Ethiopia has been working with children living full-time on the streets to give them a real alternative to life on the street. In 2012 Retrak’s records showed that, over the years, a significant proportion of children met on the streets in Addis Ababa were returning home to a small town, called Hossana in Ethiopia’s southern region. With support from Cordaid, one of the largest development aid organisation in the Netherlands, Retrak has been able to design and implement a pilot community project aimed at preventing child-family separation. The project has also continued to reintegrate children back to the southern region from Addis Ababa and to establish a new transition centre in Hossana to reach out to children on the streets before they reach the capital.

This evaluation reflects on the results achieved through Retrak’s outreach, transitional centre and reintegration work in Addis Ababa and Hossana, as well as on the impact of the community prevention activities implemented in villages around Hossana. Retrak’s beneficiaries participated in the evaluation through sharing their stories about significant changes in their lives as a result of the project.

The evaluation concluded that the project was a remarkable achievement, which empowered participants to transform their lives. Families in reintegration and vulnerable families achieved improvements in their wellbeing, vulnerable women participating in self-help groups were able to lift their families out of poverty and participate in community decision-making, children raised awareness of child protection issues through Child Wellbeing Clubs and community members tackled child trafficking and promoted child protection awareness.

Successful projects like this one are moving Retrak closer to our vision of a world where no child is forced to live on the street.

Please click here to read the summary of the review.