Leikun makes his home with his father and his mother. Buying or selling in the market and cleaning are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Leikun enjoys soccer and running. He attends church activities regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Please remember Leikun in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Leikun lives on the plains of Dire Dawa Lagahare, home to approximately 360,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Oromo, Somali, Amhara, Harare and Adere. The most commonly spoken languages are Oromiffa, Somaliagna, Amharic, Harari and Aderigna.
The regional diet consists of maize, rice, potatoes, bread, goat, bananas and teff (grain). Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malaria, typhoid fever, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and waterborne diseases. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $9 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dire Dawa Lutheran Church Child Development Center to provide Leikun with Bible teaching, medical care, health and hygiene education, supplementary food, recreational activities, tuition, tutoring and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Leikun.
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: In central Dire Dawa