Ethiopia

Our work in Ethiopia

  • Child Sponsorship
  • Feeding Programme
  • Welfare home visits
  • School Holiday Club
  • Women’s Empowerment Projects

A land-locked country in East Africa, Ethiopia is a fertile mountain plateau, surrounded by drought prone lowlands. It is Africa’s oldest independent country, and one of the oldest nations in the world. It has a long written history, and is mentioned in the Bible. Northern Ethiopia became one of the first Christian countries in the fourth century. In the twentieth century, a Marxist government persecuted Christians, but since 1991, there has been greater freedom of religion.

The capital city is Addis Ababa.

Many dialects are spoken, but most people are able to use the official language, Amharic. English is also widely taught.

The economy relies heavily on agriculture, especially coffee, a plant which is thought to have originated in Ethiopia. However, the land is exhausted from 3,000 years of constant cultivation, and the weather is unreliable. This, plus decades of under-development due to famine, drought and war, has meant Ethiopia has not been able to make the most of its assets.

In the 1980s, drought and famine of Biblical proportions led to the formation of Band-Aid and Live-Aid, which made a real difference, although there are still many malnourished people today. Rampant inflation and a devalued currency have not helped.

More recently, conflict in neighbouring Somalia has caused Ethiopia to become embroiled in battles with militant Islamists, and has led to unrest.

Another scourge on the country is HIV/AIDS. Ethiopia has the world’s fifth highest number of people living with the condition. A million have died, 2 million more have HIV, and a million children have been orphaned by the disease.

Today, some 60% of the population is under 25 years old and life expectancy is 60 years. There are 59 infant deaths for every 1000 live births, 20 times the infant mortality rate of the UK.

We have a number of projects in Ethiopia that need support:

  • More children need sponsoring
  • Core admin & ministry workers support needed
  • Holiday club creative materials needed
  • More women’s empowerment projects need funding

Child sponsorship is an amazing opportunity to transform the life of someone worse off than you.  We often find it also results in a life changing experience for the giver too!  Please complete the form below and we’ll connect you with your sponsored child in Ethiopia…

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