FIELD PROJECTS

We are always looking to expand in the areas in which we work. We desire to come alongside those in need and to support groups that want to see the world changed. We believe that God has called us as a ministry to be a voice for the impoverished, therefore we are passionate about helping in any way we can, wherever we can. We believe in empowering people to take ownership of their lives by giving them the tools needed to step out of poverty and into life at its fullest. To bring people fully out of poverty, we believe we must focus on their spiritual needs as well as the physical and find ways to nurture and encourage both. 

Pick A Pocket is passionate about pioneering new projects and partnering with those that already exist in developing countries that are run by people with like-minded Kingdom goals. Empowering people to change their situation by stepping into the truth and freedom, found in the Kingdom of God, is a major part of seeing ground-breaking change in a nation. Over the years we have started and overseen projects like- The Rahab Cafe which served as an alternative job opportunity for young girls in prostitution, a rescue effort called Drawn From Water that saved babies from being killed by tribe leaders because of tribal beliefs and The Koshe Project, an after school discipleship center for young girls working in the trash dumps that provides a safe place to come and find fellowship, education and support for their families. We have also come alongside other organizations and pre-existing projects around the world, spreading hope and Kingdom truth to street children, HIV victims, orphans, the homeless and more.

PAST PROJECTS

The following projects are either no longer in operation or have been handed on to new leadership. However, for stories to never die, they must continue to be told!

THE KOSHE PROJECT / ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA An after-school discipleship, Bible study, and English program for young girls in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These girls used to work in the trash dump to earn income for their families. With your help we can continue to support them as they grow spiritually and focus on their studies so they never have to work in the trash dump again. Our hopes and dreams are to see them flourish into young women of God with an education that will allow them to succeed on their own, and to encourage them in the dreams and gifts that God has given them. We hope that they will grow up to be agents of change in their community and their country!   > THE KOSHE PROJECT


THE KOSHE PROJECT / ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

An after-school discipleship, Bible study, and English program for young girls in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These girls used to work in the trash dump to earn income for their families. With your help we can continue to support them as they grow spiritually and focus on their studies so they never have to work in the trash dump again.

Our hopes and dreams are to see them flourish into young women of God with an education that will allow them to succeed on their own, and to encourage them in the dreams and gifts that God has given them. We hope that they will grow up to be agents of change in their community and their country!  

THE KOSHE PROJECT

DRAWN FROM WATER / SOUTH OMO, ETHIOPIA Drawn From Water is a project that began in the south of Ethiopia. At its core, it rescues children who have been labeled “mingi”. Mingi has been practiced by tribes in Ethiopia for hundreds of years. It means “bad omen” or “cursed” and is thought to bring drought to the land. If a child is born out of wedlock, if their teeth come in first on the bottom, or if their parents did not announce their pregnancy, the child would be considered mingi. This label means a death sentence – often the child is thrown into the Omo River and eaten by crocodiles. More than 1000 children, from the three tribes that practise it, are killed each year. When the Pick a Pocket team heard about this practice they started to work directly with one of the tribal elders and a group of long-term missionaries to help find a solution for these children. The team set up a rescue centre in a neighbouring village for children who would otherwise be facing a death sentence. The home is now run by locals and mingi is no longer practice by the one tribe, though it still exists among the two others. > ‘DRAWN FROM WATER’ The Movie


DRAWN FROM WATER / SOUTH OMO, ETHIOPIA

Drawn From Water is a project that began in the south of Ethiopia. At its core, it rescues children who have been labeled “mingi”. Mingi has been practiced by tribes in Ethiopia for hundreds of years. It means “bad omen” or “cursed” and is thought to bring drought to the land. If a child is born out of wedlock, if their teeth come in first on the bottom, or if their parents did not announce their pregnancy, the child would be considered mingi. This label means a death sentence – often the child is thrown into the Omo River and eaten by crocodiles. More than 1000 children, from the three tribes that practise it, are killed each year. When the Pick a Pocket team heard about this practice they started to work directly with one of the tribal elders and a group of long-term missionaries to help find a solution for these children. The team set up a rescue centre in a neighbouring village for children who would otherwise be facing a death sentence. The home is now run by locals and mingi is no longer practice by the one tribe, though it still exists among the two others.

‘DRAWN FROM WATER’ The Movie

THE RAHAB CAFE / JINKA, ETHIOPIA The Rahab Project was started in Jinka, Ethiopia. We met 4 girls who were forced into prostitution by abuse and poverty. They shared with us their dreams getting an education and finding a way out of prostitution. From that conversation came the idea to start a café where they could work to earn a living. The café no longer operates but has served its purpose. Most of the girls involved with the project are now married, working in a local church or pursuing higher education. Some have unfortunately chosen to go back into prostitution.


THE RAHAB CAFE / JINKA, ETHIOPIA

The Rahab Project was started in Jinka, Ethiopia. We met 4 girls who were forced into prostitution by abuse and poverty. They shared with us their dreams getting an education and finding a way out of prostitution. From that conversation came the idea to start a café where they could work to earn a living. The café no longer operates but has served its purpose. Most of the girls involved with the project are now married, working in a local church or pursuing higher education. Some have unfortunately chosen to go back into prostitution.

EL ROI / KENYA Christine Onyango Opere is a retired teacher who worked in the Kenyan government school system. Now, she spends her days educating approximately 50 preschool-aged children under her own auspices. Tired of seeing Kenya’s children losing precious time or being caught up in the turmoils of their precarious family situations, she rolled up her sleeves and got to work. The El Roi School provides needy children with a safe, enriching environment to counter the poverty and neglect they would otherwise experience outside its walls.


EL ROI / KENYA

Christine Onyango Opere is a retired teacher who worked in the Kenyan government school system. Now, she spends her days educating approximately 50 preschool-aged children under her own auspices. Tired of seeing Kenya’s children losing precious time or being caught up in the turmoils of their precarious family situations, she rolled up her sleeves and got to work. The El Roi School provides needy children with a safe, enriching environment to counter the poverty and neglect they would otherwise experience outside its walls.