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Mehret Hawas  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: October 16, 1996
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Zeway Hiwot Berhan Child Development Project
  • Child ID: ET7050301
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
Mehret lives with her grandfather and her grandmother. Her duties at home include helping in the kitchen. There are 4 children in the family. Her grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and her grandmother maintains the home.

For fun, Mehret enjoys running and playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in middle school where her performance is average.

Please remember Mehret in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Mehret lives on the plains of Zeway, home to approximately 37,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Oromo and the most commonly spoken language is Oromifa.

The regional diet consists of maize, fish, and teff (grain). Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, eye infections and typhus. Most adults in Zeway work as traders and earn the equivalent of $12 per month. This community needs schools and scholastic materials.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Zeway Hiwot Berhan Child Development Project to provide Mehret with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, recreational activities, supplementary food, field trips, home visits, HIV/AIDS awareness programs and academic support. The center staff will also provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Mehret.
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: Southwest of Nazareth

This child lives in an AIDS-affected area. In Africa, the disease has impacted the entire continent, creating a generation of orphans and vulnerable children. God can use you to help ease the pain of a child in desperate need.

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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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