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Mekdim Nigussie  

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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: November 21, 1995
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Mehal Meda Mulu Wongel Believers' Church Student Center
  • Child ID: ET4420144
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Mekdim lives with his father and his stepmother. He is responsible for carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his stepmother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.

Soccer is Mekdim's favorite activity. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Mekdim will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mekdim lives in the hillside community of Mehal Meda, home to approximately 26,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Amhara and the most commonly spoken language is Amharic.

The regional diet consists of teff (grain). Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections. Most adults in Mehal Meda work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs school supplies, employment opportunities and vocational training centers.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mehal Meda Mulu Wongel Believers' Church Student Center to provide Mekdim with Bible studies, medical treatment, health and hygiene education, field trips, tutoring and academic support. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Mekdim.
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: Northwest of Addis Ababa

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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