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Defar Legesse  

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  • Age: 11
  • Birthday: May 14, 2003
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Center: Gojo Birhane Kristos Church Student Center
  • Child ID: ET8580108
    • Waiting: 333 days for a sponsor. Urgent need for a sponsor.
    • Child lives in an AIDS-affected area.
In his home, Defar helps by caring for animals. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is not employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 7 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Defar participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Running is his favorite activity.

Your love and support will help Defar to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Defar lives on the hillside community of Gojo, home to approximately 28,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Oromo and the most commonly spoken language is Oromifa.

The regional diet consists of teff (local cereal). Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, intestinal parasites and waterborne diseases. Most adults in Gojo work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $23 per month. This community has electricity, water and telephone service but needs schools, vocational training centers and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gojo Birhane Kristos Church Student Center to provide Defar with Bible classes, choir, health screenings, hygiene and health education, supplementary food, clothing, field trips, group games, school fees and life skills training. The center staff will provide opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Defar.
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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