How it all began
In summer 2012, two students made their way to East Africa, Ethiopia. They travelled through northern Ethiopia, hiked in the beautiful Simien National Park, stayed in small villages and spent a lot of time with the locals. From the very beginning they noticed that children take on great familial responsibility at an early age and support their families. They got to know children who moved to the next bigger city without the support of the state and their parents in order to pursue their school education there. In Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, the students worked in an orphanage and got to know Alemayhu Fekadu Abate, Alex for short, who has been volunteering several times a week in the orphanage for several years now. Within a short period of time, a deep bond and the desire to leave something lasting has developed. Ethiopia overwhelmed them and they flew back with the feeling that they wanted to change something. Education is a way out of poverty and therefore they developed the idea to found an association to start exactly there: To support young people through a better school education. Back in Germany, they founded KaJo e.V. The starting point of the association were the two Ethiopian children Yosef and Kalkidan, whose initials also bear the name of the association.