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Meron Tegenu  

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  • Age: 6
  • Birthday: July 20, 2008
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Addis Alem Mekane Yesus Child Development Center
  • Child ID: ET5450333
    • Waiting: 200 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Meron makes her home with her mother. Running errands is her household duty. Her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.

Playing group games is Meron's favorite activity. In pre-school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.

Please remember Meron in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Meron lives on the plains of Addis Alem, home to approximately 25,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Oromo and the most commonly spoken language is Oromigna.

The regional diet consists of teff (local grain). Common health problems in this area include pneumonia, measles, malaria and waterborne diseases. Most adults in Addis Alem work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $11 per month. This community has water, electricity and telephone service but needs schools, educational materials and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Addis Alem Mekane Yesus Child Development Center to provide Meron with Bible teaching, recreational and social activities, educational materials, tuition, tutoring and counseling. The center staff will also provide health education, evangelism and HIV awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Meron.
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: West of Addis Ababa

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Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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