Dereje lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Dereje participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Soccer, volleyball and running are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Dereje will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dereje lives on the plains of Aleta Wondo, home to approximately 28,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Sidama, Wolaita and Gurage. The most commonly spoken languages are Sidamigna, Wolaitigna and Guragegna.
The regional diet consists of maize, wheat, kocho (bread-like food made from ensete) and teff (grain). Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, pneumonia, tuberculosis, trachoma and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Aleta Wondo are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $24 per month. This community needs vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Aleta Wondo Muluwongel Church Student Center to provide Dereje with Bible teaching, health screening, medical treatment, clothing, shoes, sports, field trips, environmental protection training, school supplies, tuition and tutoring.
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 Awassa