Kumneger lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. Kumneger works at home washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kumneger participates in church activities. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Volleyball is her favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Kumneger will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kumneger lives on the plains of Diré Dawa, home to approximately 342,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Oromo, Amhara and Somali. The most commonly spoken languages are Oromiffa, Amharic and Samoligna.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and teff (grain). Common health problems in this area include malaria, tuberculosis, food poisoning and bacterial diseases. Most adults in Diré Dawa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $10 per month. This community needs evangelism, additional schools, health facilities, family counseling and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Diré Dawa Mekaneyesus Child Development Project to provide Kumneger with Bible teaching, health screening, clothing, shoes, nutritious food, sports, field trips, tuition, school supplies and tutoring. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Kumneger.
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: Western Diré Dawa