In her home, Ikram helps by washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ikram participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in vocational training where her performance is average. Swimming, volleyball and jumping rope are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Ikram will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ikram lives on the plains of Dire Dawa, home to approximately 343,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood, brick or mud walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, teff (grain), barley, rice, wheat, sorghum and beef. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, waterborne diseases, malaria and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Dire Dawa work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community needs medical facilities, improved sanitation, vocational and technical training centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dire Dawa Ketena 3 Full Gospel Believer's Church Student Center to provide Ikram with Bible studies, health screenings, clothing, field trips, sports clubs, scholastic materials, tutoring and academic support. The center staff will also provide health education and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Ikram.
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: Southern Dire Dawa