WOLAITA SODO, ETHIOPIA
There are 4.5 million orphans in Ethiopia; 31% of the population live on less that $1.25/day; and only 1 in 7 children participate in secondary school. Gunchire, Ethiopia, a predominantly Muslim rural town a few hours southwest of Addis Ababa, is a harsh and difficult place to live. HIV/AIDS is prevalent. The exploitation of women and children, including sex and labor trafficking, is customary. The education system is poor, and unhealthy marriage practices — including older men with girls as young as 10, polygamy, rape, female circumcision, etc. — are commonplace.
Area: 435,200 sq mi
Year of Independence: Africa’s oldest independent country, Ethiopia was never colonized by a European power.
PEOPLE IN ETHIOPIA
- 55% youth literacy rate; 39% adult literacy rate
- 15.6% secondary school participation
- 59 year life expectancy (up 12 years from 1990)
- 840,000 people living with AIDS
- 49% of population using improved drinking water sources
POVERTY IN ETHIOPIA
Orphan Pop.: 4,500,000 (have lost one or both parents due to all causes)
HIGH RISKS IN ETHIOPIA
- Girls from Ethiopia’s rural areas are exploited in domestic servitude & prostitution within the country, while boys are subjected to forced labor in weaving, herding, guarding & street vending.
- 2018 Trafficking In Persons Report, Ethiopia
By addressing desperate social needs such as education, nutrition, health care, social awareness, leadership training, and economic development, we can ensure that families have a chance to stay together. They won’t have to make the impossible and unjust decision of which children they can afford to keep. And in time, as health and education permeate this younger generation, change and progress will come from within rather than without. Under the local leadership that Kidmia has established, and with the help of the Help One Now vulnerable child sponsorship program, we believe that these families can break the cycle of extreme poverty.
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THE LOCAL LEADER
We are currently partnering with Aschalew through our child sponsorship program to improve the lives of families and provide opportunities for children in Gunchire, an extremely impoverished community.
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