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Ashenafi Gebre  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: May 3, 2007
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Welkite Kale Heywet Church Student Center
  • Child ID: ET1180617
    • Waiting: 198 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Ashenafi lives with his mother. His duties at home include running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.

For fun, Ashenafi enjoys playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.

Because of your sponsorship, Ashenafi will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ashenafi lives on the plains of Welkite, home to approximately 40,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Guragie and Amhara and the most commonly spoken languages are Guragna and Amharic.

The regional diet consists of maize and teff (grain). Common health problems in this area include malaria, intestinal worms and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Welkite work as petty traders and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and affordable education.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Welkite Kale Heywet Church Student Center to provide Ashenafi with Bible teaching, medical exams, health education, hygiene supplies, field trips, recreational activities, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement and educational classes for the parents or guardians of Ashenafi.
Ethiopia, a republic in northeastern Africa, shares boundaries with five other countries. Most of the country is a high plateau capped by mountains. Lowland deserts surround the plateau. The country is about twice the size of Texas. Mounds of historical treasures have been found in Ethiopia near its Lake Turkana and in the country's Awash River Valley. Ethiopia's population is diverse inhabited by more than 70 ethnic groups. Eighty percent of the people support themselves through subsistence farming in the central plateau region. The people of Ethiopia are besieged by famine and HIV/AIDS. Nearly one million people have HIV/AIDS. Ethiopia has a long history of Christianity dating to the fourth century when the country led a crusade into Saudi Arabia defeating a Jewish king who was said to have slain Christians. The main religions in the country today are Christianity and Islam. Amharic is the country's official language. Compassion works in the western, eastern, southern, northern, and central regions of the country. Ethiopia is the only African country not colonized by European colonial forces. Known as Abyssinia until recently, Ethiopia was ruled by a powerful kingdom in the first centuries. After the 1500s, Ethiopia became a number of small kingdoms, which were reunified in the 1880s. Emperor Haile Selassie took Ethiopia's throne in 1931. Since he was dethroned in 1974, the country has experienced political instability and several forms of government. In 1995, the country became the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

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Child's Location: Southwest of Waliso

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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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