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Mekedes Endrias Abdu  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: May 22, 1997
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Diré Dawa Mekaneyesus Child Development Project
  • Child ID: ET5400202
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Mekedes lives with her father and her mother. Her father is not employed and her mother maintains the home. Mekedes works at home buying or selling in the market and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.

For fun, Mekedes enjoys volleyball, jumping rope and running. She attends church activities regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.

Your love and support will help Mekedes to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Mekedes 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 Mekedes 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 Mekedes.
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: Western Diré Dawa

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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