Our approach to recovery is holistic and relationship based.
Our goal is freedom and restoration.
Ellilta is a pioneering ministry that has been offering the hope of a new life that only Jesus Christ can bring, to some of the area's most marginalized, abused, neglected and abandoned populations in Ethiopia for almost two decades.
Ellilta has developed a successful rehabilitation model that enables women to be freed from the bondage of prostitution through:
- Encountering Jesus Christ as their personal Savior,
- Allowing space for them to heal from their past traumas,
- Acquiring essential life and vocational skills,
- Finding dignified work upon completion of the program so that these women are able to provide for the needs of their families.
Through Ellilta's emphasis of working with both the women and children of the women in the program, they have been able to break the generational cycle of prostitution and to raise up a new generation of Ethiopian young people that are no longer at risk of being sexually exploited.
Over the past 6 years, Ellilta has actively mentored, developed curriculum, and convened learning exchanges with grassroots, Christian ministries from over a dozen African countries that have sought out Ellilta's exemplary model of transformational ministry.
Ellilta is a ministry not only committed to seeing the sex-trade ended in Ethiopia: it is also a ministry that desires to share what it has learned, to equip, to train, and to stand with other ministries across Africa so that more women caught in the darkness of sexual exploitation are brought into the light and living hope that only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can bring.
Since 1996, Ellilta has helped to rehabilitate over 1000 women from a life of prostitution at a 90% success rate. For Ellilta, success means that a woman never returns to the streets – never.
In addition, Ellilta has provided support and assistance to over 500 children, of the women that have been in the program, and these children have been able to receive an education, receive healing from the traumas they have incurred, and to have a tangible hope for the future. Ellilta has discipled and spiritually mentored the family relatives and friends of women who have been in the program, through cell groups and corporate times of worship that were initiated by Ellilta staff