In her home, Hiywot helps by helping in the kitchen and cleaning. She lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed.
Jumping rope and reading are Hiywot's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Hiywot will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Hiywot lives in Harer, home to approximately 150,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Oromo, Harer, Adere and Amhara. The most commonly spoken languages are Oromiffa, Harari, Aderi and Amharic.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, rice, bananas and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malaria, typhoid fever, pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, skin diseases and HIV/AIDS. Most adults work as petty traders and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community needs schools, clean water and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Harer Lutheran Church Student Center to provide Hiywot with Bible teaching, hygiene education, health screening, sports, scholastic materials, tutoring and school fees. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Hiywot.
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 Harer