Let Us Change leases around forty houses for the most vulnerable people in society, namely the elderly, the sick and beggars. These people have often ended up in a negative spiral and do not know how to get back out of it.
We believe that having a roof over your head is the first structural step towards a better life. Thanks to their home, these people are better protected against diseases and they can appear presently at work or job interviews. The fact that they now live in a neighbourhood also offers them advantages such as finding a babysitter faster during working hours. Renting such a house costs Let Us Change about six euros per month.
In addition to paying the house rent, we also help these people in other ways. We ensure that they have access to sufficient and healthy meals, we provide the sick with medication and we send the children to school. The school fees for such children cost us between three and eight euros per month. We also pay for school supplies such as uniforms, books and writing materials.
We treat each of these families separately and determine in consultation with them the (financial) assistance we offer and the plans for the future that they have. In total, about 170 people are guided by us. The intention is that in the long term they will become completely independent.
There are still many beggars in Hawassa who can use our support and people visit us daily to ask for our help. Unfortunately, we currently do not have enough resources to help all those people and we have to disappoint many of them. We only act in very urgent situations. In the future we would like to change that and we want to be able to help many more people.