Wongelawit lives with her grandmother. She is responsible for helping in the kitchen and cleaning. Her grandmother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Wongelawit participates in church activities. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Playing with toys is her favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Wongelawit will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Wongelawit lives on the plains of Dire Dawa, home to approximately 341,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Amara, Oromo and Somali.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, beef, teff (grain), rice, goat, chicken, bananas and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, malaria, parasitic diseases and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Dire Dawa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $21 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, libraries, medical centers, schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mehal Dire Dawa Meserete Kirstos Church Student Center to provide Wongelawit with Bible studies, choir, health screenings, indoor and outdoor games, picnics, educational field trips and tutoring. The center staff will also provide meetings and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Wongelawit.
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: Eastern Dire Dawa