Werkitu lives with her mother. At home, duties include helping in the kitchen and cleaning. Her mother is sometimes employed.
For fun, Werkitu enjoys jumping rope, reading and running. She attends church activities and choir regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Werkitu will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Werkitu lives on the plains of Modjo, home to approximately 45,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Oromo and the most commonly spoken language is Oromigna.
The regional diet consists of maize, bread and potatoes. Common health problems include diarrhea, typhoid, malaria, HIV/AIDS, skin diseases and tuberculosis. Most adults in Modjo work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community has water, electricity and telephone service but needs schools, vocational training centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Modjo Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Student Center to provide Werkitu with Bible teaching, choir, health screenings, hygiene and health education, clothing, games, picnics, educational field trips, school supplies, uniforms, tutoring and life skills training. The center staff will also provide evangelism, counseling and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Werkitu.
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: West of Nazareth