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Misigane Bekele  

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  • Age: 14
  • Birthday: January 18, 2000
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Bedele Muluwongel Believers' Church Student Center
  • Child ID: ET4560226
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Misigane makes her home with her grandmother. Carrying water, helping in the kitchen and cleaning are her household duties. Her grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.

Volleyball and running are Misigane's favorite activities. In middle school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and camp.

Because of your sponsorship, Misigane will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Misigane lives in the hillside community of Bedele, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Oromo and the most commonly spoken language is Oromiffa.

The regional diet consists of maize and teff (local grain). Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, typhoid and asthma. Most adults in Bedele work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $9 per month. This community has water, electricity and telephone service but needs schools, employment opportunities and improved sanitation.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bedele Muluwongel Believers' Church Student Center to provide Misigane with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, health screenings, distribution of food, clothing and hygiene materials, recreational activities, school supplies, uniforms and tutoring classes. The center staff will also provide evangelism, counseling and HIV/AIDS prevention awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Misigane.
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: Northwest of Jimma

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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