Tarikua lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Tarikua participates in church activities. She is also in high school where her performance is above average. Volleyball, jumping rope and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Tarikua will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Tarikua lives on the plains of Dera, home to approximately 64,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood and mud walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Oromo and Amhara and the most commonly spoken languages are Oromiffa and Amharic.
The regional diet consists mostly of ingera (bread), maize, beans, fish, bread and goat. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, typhoid, malaria and HIV/AIDS. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, vocational training, employment opportunities, sanitation facilities and recreation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dera Meserete Kirstos Church Child Development Center to provide Tarikua with Bible teaching, health screening, hygiene and health classes, recreational activities, academic follow-up, tuition, grain and cloth supply and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide counseling for the parents or guardians of Tarikua.
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: South of Nazareth