Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa Addis Ababa is Ethiopia's capital and the largest city in the country with a population of 2.8 million. Addis Ababa is geographically in the center of Ethiopia situated on a high plateau surrounded by hills and mountains; Addis Ababa is 8,000 feet above sea level.
Ethiopia

Ethiopia's Capital — Addis Ababa

  • Sadly, the vast majority of people in Addis Ababa are impoverished, living in conditions of great need in sprawling slums. Sadly, the vast majority of people in Addis Ababa are impoverished, living in conditions of great need in sprawling slums.
  • Thanks to caring sponsors and a program that is Christ-centered, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand. Thanks to caring sponsors and a program that is Christ-centered, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand.
  • At their Compassion centers, children participate in activities designed to teach them important social skills. At their Compassion centers, children participate in activities designed to teach them important social skills.
  • Sponsored children regularly write to their sponsors. And they are so encouraged when they receive letters back from their sponsors. Sponsored children regularly write to their sponsors. And they are so encouraged when they  receive letters back from their sponsors.
  • Children love coming to their Compassion centers, safe and welcoming places where they have the freedom to enjoy being kids. Children love coming to their Compassion centers, safe and welcoming places where they have the freedom to enjoy being kids.
  • On the fringes of the city, homes have thatched roofs and farm animals roam. On the fringes of the city, homes have thatched roofs and farm animals roam.
  • Some people in Addis Ababa earn a meager living by selling fruits and vegetables in roadside market stalls. Some people in Addis Ababa earn a meager living by selling fruits and vegetables in roadside market stalls.
 
ETHIOPIA OVERVIEW

Population

96,633,458

Religion

Ethiopian Orthodox

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Ethiopia’s Capital – Addis Ababa Ethiopia Overview

Children in need who live in and around Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, struggle with many daunting challenges.

  • Often they are orphaned and grow up without the love and protection of a parent.
  • Orphans frequently end up with relatives who take responsibility for them but are frustrated by poverty and withhold affection and care.
  • Some children end up on the streets.
  • Children are orphaned through illness, domestic violence, broken homes and substance abuse.
  • These children tend to have low self-esteem and lose hope for the future.
  • Negative influences in the city often lead young people in the wrong direction. There is easy access to bars and “chat houses.” (Chat is a highly addictive stimulant herb.)
  • As long as they make money, people who own these businesses are not concerned about the well-being of the children who frequent them.
COMMUNITY
Ethiopia Community
Issues and Concerns
  • Nearly all homes in Addis Ababa have access to safe drinking water, but more than 14 percent have no access to adequate toilet facilities.
  • Lack of sanitary conditions in the city slums poses a health hazard, especially for children.
  • In addition to widespread unemployment and underemployment, this area battles an elevated infant mortality rate, high rates of inflation, and the rapidly rising cost of fuel.
Local Needs and Challenges

Inadequate public services

The lack of drainage and sanitation systems poses a serious health risk to children.

Poor quality schools

Schools are typically undersupplied and overcrowded, with more than 50 students per teacher.

EDUCATION
Ethiopia education
Schools and Education
  • Schools in Addis Ababa have replaced the traditional half-day shift system with a full-day system.
  • The school day starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.
  • Children earn a completion certificate after they finish 10th grade.
  • Those going on to college attend two more years of preparatory classes, after which they take a university entrance examination.
  • As throughout the rest of the country, classes in Addis Ababa are overcrowded, with an average of 56 students per teacher.

Compassion Ethiopia works to ensure that every registered child is able to attend school, and it provides additional support, including tutoring, at the child development centers.

At the Compassion Child Development Center

Compassion serves children in Addis Ababa through local church-based child development centers. These centers are havens of love and learning for registered children.

Children receive nutritious meals, hygiene training and tutoring. They are also encouraged to develop their talents and abilities.

Most important, children learn about the love of God and gift of salvation in Christ.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local churches, Compassion is bringing real help and hope to impoverished children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, providing:

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • the support needed to attend school
  • a safe haven from the many negative influences in the city
  • spiritual nurture that develops children’s ability to say “no” to things that would harm their lives and future
  • encouragement that develops children’s self-confidence and motivation to strive for the best
  • caregiver training sessions to raise awareness of good parenting practices