The One Heart Therapeutic Center

Presently Roots for the Youths supports the One Heart Therapeutic Centre (formerly known as The One Love Day Service) in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. This therapeutic day care service is run by Barbara Okugbeni from the UK. Barbara and her Ethiopian team accommodate children with special needs from poor families. The service is free and relies completely on donations.


The One Heart Therapeutic Centre was established five years ago and continues to grow with great demand. Roots for the Youths has visited the daycare centre two times. We saw firsthand how important the work is that Barbara and her team do for the community.


Each child has an individual treatment plan and there is a weekly visit from a physiotherapist. Every day nutritious balanced meals are given to the children.

Many of the children come from a one parent family. The parents can go to work with the knowledge that their children are in safe hands.


We have very good news. The One Heart Therapeutic Centre has a bus since the beginning of this year.

We want to thank all the people that have supported our events and made donations in 2018.



Working together made it possible to send €2550 to Ethiopia last year which helped to fund a minibus for the One Heart Therapeutic Centre.

In the video below you can see how the children used to be transported.


Nurse Mastu from the One Heart Therapeutic centre and her colleagues showed the previous daily routine to one of our volunteers. Check out the video below.