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Fitsum Samuel  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: July 15, 1997
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Chuko Mekaneyesus Student Center
  • Child ID: ET5310197
    • Waiting: 199 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Fitsum lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.

For fun, Fitsum enjoys soccer and playing group games. He attends church activities and choir regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.

Because of your sponsorship, Fitsum will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Fitsum lives on the plains of Chuko, home to approximately 17,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have mud floors. The primary ethnic group is Sidama and the most commonly spoken language is Sidamigna.

The regional diet consists of maize, enset (root), potatoes, wheat and teff (grain). Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever, tuberculosis and pneumonia. Most adults in Chuko work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $9 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and schools.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Chuko Mekane Yesus Student Center to provide Fitsum with Bible teaching, medical exams, supplementary food, clothing, shoes, recreational activities, clubs, scholastic materials and tuition. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Fitsum.
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: South of Awassa

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