Habtamu lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include buying or selling in the market , washing clothes and making beds. There are 4 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Habtamu enjoys soccer, playing ball games and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Habtamu will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Habtamu lives on the plains of Adami Tulu, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Oromo and Gurage and the most commonly spoken languages are Oromiffa and Guragegna.
The regional diet consists of maize and injera (local bread). Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, malaria, pneumonia, asthma, the flu, stomachaches and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Adami Tulu work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $8 per month. This community has electricity but needs schools, school supplies, vocational training centers, employment opportunities, clean water and improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Adami Tulu Meserete Kirstos Church Student Center to provide Habtamu with Bible teaching, choir, health screenings, hygiene and health education, clothing, food supplies, picnics, games, school fees and school supplies.
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: South of Ziway