Southern Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Southern Region

  • Homes of the poor in Alaba typically lack such basic amenities as electricity, running water or sanitation facilities. Homes of the poor in Alaba typically lack such basic amenities as electricity, running water or sanitation facilities.
  • At their Compassion centers, children have the freedom to laugh, play, build friendships and practice social skills. At their Compassion centers, children have the freedom to laugh, play, build friendships and practice social skills.
  • Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future. Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future.
  • Sponsored children learn useful skills, such as crocheting and tailoring, that will help them get jobs in the future and become self-sufficient adults. Sponsored children learn useful skills, such as crocheting and tailoring, that will help them get jobs in the future and become self-sufficient adults.
  • Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit. Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit.
  • Some people in this region make a meager living by selling items from makeshift stalls set up alongside the road. Some people in this region make a meager living by selling items from makeshift stalls set up alongside the road.
  • Southern Ethiopia is home to 56 distinct people groups, each of which has its own language, style of dress and traditions. Most people in the region live in the countryside. Southern Ethiopia is home to 56 distinct people groups, each of which has its own language, style of dress and traditions. Most people in the region live in the countryside.
 
ETHIOPIA OVERVIEW

Population

96,633,458

Religion

Ethiopian Orthodox

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Southern Ethiopia Ethiopia Overview
  • Compassion in southern Ethiopia ministers to children primarily in Alaba.
  • The children in this primarily Muslim town face many poverty-related challenges that put their development at risk.
  • Children commonly suffer from a variety of preventable diseases, such as malaria.
  • There is a critical lack of access to health centers and medical treatment.
  • Most poor parents lead a hand-to-mouth life, unable to meet their children’s most basic needs for food, education and proper shelter.
  • A general attitude of hopelessness and despair permeates the community, so children grow up with no one to inspire or encourage them to pursue a brighter future.
  • Most children cannot imagine themselves succeeding or achieving big dreams. Poverty is perpetuated from one generation to the next.
COMMUNITY
Ethiopia Community
Issues and Concerns
  • The southern region is plagued by food insecurity.
  • In some areas, most families are able to produce enough food to meet their needs for only six months out of the year.
  • The infant mortality rate here is higher than the national average.
  • Lack of access to safe water is a problem in this region. The government has made addressing the issue a priority; however, many people still lack this basic necessity.
Local Needs and Challenges

Malnutrition

Frequent food shortages mean chronic malnutrition for more than a quarter of the region’s children. Lack of access to safe water also is a widespread problem.

Poor education

Only 63 percent of primary school-age and 11 percent of secondary-age children attend school.

Child labor

Many children drop out of school to work. Across the region, more than half of children ages 12 to 14 work to help support their families.

EDUCATION
Ethiopia education
Schools and Education
  • The school year in the southern region begins in September and ends in June.
  • Most primary schools here have two daily four-hour shifts, with half the enrolled children attending in the morning and half in the afternoon.
  • Classes are overcrowded, with up to 75 students per teacher.
  • Only a little more than half of men and under a quarter of women are able to read or write.

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 Compassion child development centers in Ethiopia’s southern region, children receive the help and learning opportunities they need to grow and thrive.

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

They are encouraged to stay in school, and tutoring makes up for education deficiencies.

Most important, they learn how much they are loved and valued by God.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local churches, Compassion is bringing help and hope to southern Ethiopia’s children in need, providing:

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • unconditional love and acceptance
  • assistance and learning opportunities that motivate them to dream big
  • the fees, supplies and uniforms required to attend school, as well as the extra tutoring children need to excel academically. Compassion Ethiopia reports that most of the children in this region are doing well in school.
  • regular Bible classes and worship services to positively influence children’s behavior and give them the hope that a life in Christ provides