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Ashenafi Alemu  

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  • Age: 12
  • Birthday: October 6, 2001
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Jimma Meserete Kirstos Church Child Development Center
  • Child ID: ET3070380
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
    • Child has lost one or both parents.
In his home, Ashenafi helps by carrying water, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. He lives with his foster father and his foster mother. His foster father is not employed and his foster mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.

For fun, Ashenafi enjoys soccer and running. He attends church activities regularly and is in high school 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 in the hillside community of Jimma, home to approximately 128,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Oromo and the most commonly spoken language is Oromiffa.

The regional diet consists of maize and injera (bread). Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malaria, typhoid, pneumonia, asthma, waterborne diseases and tuberculosis. Most adults in Jimma work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $14 per month. This community has electricity and telephone service but needs schools, vocational training centers, employment opportunities and proper sanitation.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jimma Meserete Kirstos Church Child Development Center to provide Ashenafi with Bible teaching, choir, special holidays, health screenings, hygiene and health education, clothes, food grain, games, picnics, environmental cleaning opportunities, school supplies, tutoring and uniforms.
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: In Jimma

This child lives in an AIDS-affected area. In Africa, the disease has impacted the entire continent, creating a generation of orphans and vulnerable children. God can use you to help ease the pain of a child in desperate need.

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Your support provides:

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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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