In her home, Birhane helps by running errands. She lives with her grandmother. Her grandmother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Birhane enjoys playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Birhane will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Birhane lives on the plains of Shashemene, home to approximately 170,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Oromo and Amhara, and the most commonly spoken languages are Afan Oromo and Amaharic.
The regional diet consists of beans, potatoes, maize and injera (bread). Common health problems in this area include malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Shashemene work as animal herders, day laborers, market traders, street vendors, subsistence farmers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $23 per month. This community needs schools and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Shashemene Misgana Student Center to provide Birhane with Bible teaching, morality lessons, choir training, health screenings, school fees and supplies, supplementary food, clothing, shoes and recreation. The center staff will also provide health education, HIV/AIDS awareness training and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Birhane.
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: Northeast of Awassa