Eskedar lives with her mother, where her duties include carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her father is mentally ill. Her mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Eskedar participates in church activities and choir. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Volleyball is her favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Eskedar will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Eskedar lives in the hillside community of Muger, home to approximately 25,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Oromo and the most commonly spoken language is Oromigna.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, potatoes, barley, wheat and teff (grain). Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, waterborne diseases, parasites and pneumonia. Most adults in Muger are unemployed but some work as petty traders and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs secondary schools, vocational training centers, food, clothing, employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Muger Muluwongel Student Center to provide Eskedar with Bible studies, health screenings, health education, clothing, sports, field trips, tuition, scholastic materials and tutoring. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Eskedar.
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