Amharic

Amharic

Amharic is the official language of Amhara, Ethiopia. Amharic is also the most widely spoken language throughout Ethiopia. Many people that live in Amhara's urban centers also speak English, which is the primary foreign language taught in school in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia

Amhara Region

  • Many families in Bihar Dar have moved from the countryside in search of employment and a better way of life. Many families in Bihar Dar have moved from the countryside in search of employment and a better way of life.
  • Children love spending time at their Compassion centers, where they have the freedom to laugh, play, and build friendships. Children love spending time at their Compassion centers, where they have the freedom to laugh, play, and build friendships.
  • Children in Compassion's program receive educational support, often assisted by tutors who help them achieve success in school. Children in Compassion's program receive educational support, often assisted by tutors who help them achieve success in school.
  • The lack of sewage systems in the poor sections of Bihar Dar means that children often needlessly suffer from sanitation-related diseases. The lack of sewage systems in the poor sections of Bihar Dar means that children often needlessly suffer from sanitation-related diseases.
  • Compassion-assisted children in the Amhara region receive the resources and opportunities they need to develop in all facets of life. Compassion-assisted children in the Amhara region receive the resources and opportunities they need to develop in all facets of life.
  • 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.
  • The homes of poor families are small, fragile structures made of woven mats or whatever other scrap materials can be found. The homes of poor families are small, fragile structures made of woven mats or whatever other scrap materials can be found.
 
ETHIOPIA OVERVIEW

Population

96,633,458

Religion

Ethiopian Orthodox

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region Ethiopia Overview
  • Located in northern Ethiopia, the Amhara region's capital is Bihar Dar, one of the country's primary tourist centers.
  • The city represents a wide contrast between the wealthy, who own hotels and tour agencies, and the poor, who live in slums and struggle just to survive.
  • Many of the city's children are being raised by single mothers or grandparents who typically lack a stable source of income.
  • A serious issue in this region is lack of sanitation. Children frequently suffer from such illnesses as dysentery, which can be fatal if untreated.
  • Inadequate housing poses a risk to children. Many live in small shelters made of woven bamboo and plastic. These structures provide little protection and are in constant danger of collapse.
COMMUNITY
Ethiopia Community
Issues and Concerns
  • Less than 20 percent of the population in the Amhara region’s countryside has access to safe water. Many people, especially young children, are at great risk for waterborne diseases.
  • The lack of food because of frequent drought is another regional issue. However, the government is making strides in solving this problem by introducing modern irrigation methods.
  • Lake Tana and the many rivers in the region provide great potential and promise for irrigation improvements.
Local Needs and Challenges

Low school attendance rates

Only 68 percent of primary-age children and 12 percent of secondary-age children attend school.

Illiteracy

Low school attendance plays a major role in the region’s dismal literacy rate. Fewer than half of the region’s people 10 years and older can read and write.

Child labor

The reason most children drop out of school is to work.

Malnutrition

Children commonly suffer from a high rate of malnutrition, and more than one-third are underweight.

EDUCATION
Ethiopia education
Schools and Education
  • The school year in the Amhara region, as throughout Ethiopia, begins in September and ends in June.
  • Primary education is divided into two four-year cycles: grades 1–4 and grades 5–8. Secondary school includes two two-year cycles: grades 9–10 and grades 11–12.
  • Grades 1–10 are considered a basic education, while the final two years would prepare students for college.

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

At the Compassion child development centers in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, children are receiving the help and learning opportunities they need to reach their potential in Christ.

Along with nutritious meals for proper physical development, they also receive medical assistance and hygiene training to stay healthy.

Tutoring helps to make up for any school deficiencies, and most important, they learn about the love of their heavenly Father.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local churches, Compassion is bringing help and hope to children in need in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, especially in the city of Bihar Dar, providing:

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • the support needed to attend school
  • training in good hygiene and sanitation practices. Centers also have sanitary toilets and showers for the children.
  • extra interventions through Compassion’s Highly Vulnerable Children (HVC) program for orphaned children and others living in especially dire circumstances
  • spiritual nurture for children and caregivers. This is especially important in the Amhara region, where evangelical churches are typically viewed with suspicion and families are sometimes discriminated against just for registering their children in the church-based Compassion program.