Teshale lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Teshale enjoys soccer, reading and running. He attends church activities, Bible class and choir regularly and is in high school where his performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Teshale will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Teshale lives on the plains of Kuyera, home to approximately 21,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Oromo and the most commonly spoken language is Oromifa.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread, teff (grain) and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, waterborne diseases, tuberculosis, leprosy, scabies and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Kuyera work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community has telephone service and electricity but needs qualified teachers, vocational training centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kuyera Bethelihem Kale Hiwot Church Student Center to provide Teshale with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, nutritious meals, clothing, sports, picnics, tutoring and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Teshale.
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: Northeast of Awassa