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Maleda Legesse  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: November 24, 1996
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Chuko Mulu Wongel Student Center
  • Child ID: ET4390119
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
In his home, Maleda helps by washing clothes, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Maleda participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with marbles and bicycling are his favorite activities.

Please remember Maleda in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Maleda lives on the plains of Chuko, home to approximately 899,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The primary ethnic group is Sidama and the most commonly spoken language is Sidamigna.

The regional diet consists of maize, potatoes, teff (grain) and enset (fruit). Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, pneumonia and tooth decay. Most adults in Chuko work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs schools and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Chuko Mulu Wongel Student Center to provide Maleda with Bible teaching, choir, health screening, supplementary food, clothing, shoes, picnics, sports, school supplies and school fees. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Maleda.
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: South of 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 support provides:

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  • 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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