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Motuma Abera  

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  • Age: 10
  • Birthday: June 16, 2004
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Gojo MYC Student Center
  • Child ID: ET5740216
    • Waiting: 188 Days for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Motuma lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 5 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Motuma participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer and running are his favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Motuma will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Motuma lives in the hillside community of Gojo, home to approximately 55,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Oromo and the most commonly spoken language is Oromiffa.

The regional diet consists of beans and teff (grain). Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis and waterborne diseases. Most adults in Gojo work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $23 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs vocational training centers, income-generating activities and libraries.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gojo MYC Student Center to provide Motuma with choir, Bible study groups, health screenings, clothing, shoes, sports, field trips, scholastic materials, tutoring and health and nutrition education. The center staff will also provide counseling and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Motuma.
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 tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.