Medihanit makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, helping in the kitchen and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 6 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Medihanit participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Volleyball, jumping rope and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Medihanit will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Medihanit lives in the mountainous community of Metu, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The primary ethnic group is Oromo and the most commonly spoken language is Oromiffa.
The regional diet consists of teff (local bread) and corn. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and asthma. Most adults in Metu work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. This community has water, electricity, telephone service and health centers but needs employment opportunities, scholastic materials, food and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Metu Ketta Bethel Mekane Yesus Child Development Center to provide Medihanit with Bibles, Bible teaching, supplementary food, medication, health screenings, sports, hygiene and health education, club activities, historical and educational field trips, educational materials, tutoring, tuition, school uniforms and skills training. The center staff will also provide literacy programs for the parents or guardians of Medihanit.
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: Southern Metu