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Ashenafi Girum  

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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: June 12, 1996
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Ijaji Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Student Center
  • Child ID: ET5350298
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
In his home, Ashenafi helps by carrying water and cleaning. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.

Soccer and running are Ashenafi's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.

Your love and support will help Ashenafi to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Ashenafi lives on the plains of Ijaji, home to approximately 26,000 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, beans, teff (grain) and potatoes. Common heath problems in this area include tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, intestinal parasites and malaria. Most adults in Ijaji work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $21 per month. This community has electricity but needs vocational training centers, scholastic materials and recreation centers.

Your sponsorship allows this staff of Ijaji Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Student Center to provide Ashenafi with Bible teaching, choir, health screenings, field trips, sports, scholastic materials, health education and HIV/AIDS awareness training. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Ashenafi.
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 Ambo

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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