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Kidist Ermias Echa  

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  • Age: 19
  • Birthday: October 30, 1994
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Awassa Mulu Wongel Church Child Development Center
  • Child ID: ET4250273
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
In her home, Kidist helps by helping in the kitchen and running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Kidist participates in church activities. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Volleyball is her favorite activity.

Your love and support will help Kidist to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Kidist lives on the plains of Awassa, home to approximately 120,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Sidama, Wolaita and Kembatta. The most commonly spoken languages are Sidamigna, Wolaitigna and Kembattigna.

The regional diet consists of maize, teff (grain), potatoes and bread. Common health problems in this area include malaria and typhoid fever. Most adults in Awassa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community needs potable water, employment opportunities, educational materials and an improved transportation system.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Awassa Mulu Wongel Church Child Development Center to provide Kidist with Bible teaching, health screenings, nutritious meals, clothing, recreational activities and school materials. The center staff will also sponsor family events in order to foster better relationships between parents or guardians and their children.
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 Awassa

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 tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
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  • Important life-skills training
  • 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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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.