Ilanga Day Care Centre Ethiopia

The Ilanga Day Care Centre for Children is based in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. Ilanga is not only caring after children, but also empowering their single mothers to become economically independent.

Our aim is, to promote and facilitate the holistic welfare and development of vulnerable children and empower vulnerable single mothers to become economic independent. 

- Annemarie Geurts - 

We from BUKAYA are particularly attracted to Ilanga because of its focus on sustainability and long-term impact, and to empower local staff to lead the organisation on site in caring for vulnerable children and helping their mothers achieve economic independence.


Ilanga was founded by Annemarie Geurts several years ago. Ilanga provides day care for single mothers to leave their children between the ages of 1 and 4 while they work. The children are cared for during the day, given a warm meal, and prepared for school. In addition, Ilanga selects women to provide them with training for starting a small business or vocational training. After the participation in a program, the women may join the Alumni Community. The after-school care aims to support the children's academic careers and provide them with the best opportunities.

Testimonial Eva

Staying at the Children's Day Care Centre Ilanga, I have been struck by the dedication and care of the staff and the positive impact they have on the children. It is truly impressive that the program's focus not only on providing a safe and nurturing environment for the children, but also preparing the older ones for school. It has been a joy to witness the children's growth and development during my several visits there.

What impressed me most

The way the children are treated with kindness and care at Ilanga Day Care Centre is remarkable. You can really feel the good collaboration within the team in everything they do. The children's behaviour is a proof of the positive environment they are in. I was particularly touched by the way the programme combines caring for the children with supporting the mothers on their journey to independence. It is clear to me that Ilanga is making a difference in the lives of both the children and their mothers.

My drive to commit to Ilanga is to make a positive impact on the community and to support single mothers and their children on their journey to independence and self-sufficiency. I am especially fascinated by the fact that I have the opportunity to witness the growth and prosperity of children.

- Annemarie Geurts - 

To whom I recommend

I highly recommend the Children's Centre at Ilanga for any (young) person interested in volunteering and making a difference in the lives of young children and their mothers.

Further information about Ilanga you will find directly on their Website.