Dejene lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. Dejene works at home buying or selling in the market , washing clothes and making beds. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Dejene participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, walking and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Dejene will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dejene lives on the plains of Werku Sefer, home to approximately 42,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Oromo, Gurage and Amara. The most commonly spoken languages are Oromigna, Guragegna and Amaric.
The regional diet consists of maize, wheat and teff (grain). Common health problems in this area include HIV/AIDS, diarrhea, viral fever, tuberculosis, skin diseases and parasites. Most adults work as day laborers or petty traders and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs affordable education, scholastic materials and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Saris and Kaliti Guenet Church Student Center to provide Dejene with Bible teaching, medical exams, supplementary food, retreats, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, clothing, counseling, recreational activities, tuition and scholastic materials.
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.
Map of Ethiopia
Child's Location: In Addis Ababa