Child Champions in Ethiopia tell us about their country.
Ethiopia is a landlocked country located in the Horn of Africa. It is an ecologically diverse place that ranges from deserts to mountains to rainforests and is home to a variety of wildlife such as black-maned lions, honey badgers, and many different species of monkeys. Known for its delicious arabica coffee, stunning active volcanoes, and ancient monuments and churches, Ethiopia is filled with rich history and culture. Nothing represents this culture more than its coffee ceremony — taught to girls at a young age — which demonstrates a spirit of leisurely hospitality and community. But despite all it has to offer, Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world with 40% of the population living in poverty.
Although Ethiopia is rich in natural resources, there has not been adequate research and development to tap into these assets, so they are managed by limited knowledge and cultural practices that lack proper technology and tracking. Housing is poor and does not offer basic amenities. Clean drinking water and medical facilities are not widely available, which puts families at risk for serious illness and disease.
Education is not a high priority, so many people remain unschooled. Instead of traveling long distances to learn, children feel pressured to go to work at an early age, doing tasks like shining shoes, herding cattle, or farming in order to help support their families. Around the home, they are busy assisting with the daily chores of collecting firewood and fetching water since they do not have access to modern utilities. All too often, their childhood is traded for survival.
Bringing hope to hard places means a lot in Ethiopia because so many families live in abject poverty and are without any hope. Where there is no access to food, clean water, medical services, and education, it’s difficult to raise a healthy child. But through OneChild’s program, Child Champions are committed to sharing these burdens and providing children with a safe haven where they can grow strong and make use of their God-given potential. OneChild is in Ethiopia to show kids that a better life is possible and to give them a reason to HOPE.
Ethiopia Hope Centers
OneChild offers a holistic development program designed to meet the needs of this most vulnerable group in Ethiopian society through quality education, food and health care relief, and socio-emotional and spiritual support. Child Champions in OneChild Hope Centers, along with the partnership of local churches, are providing the tools the next generation needs to build a brighter future, serving children from all regions and different religious and cultural backgrounds. In the unity of God’s love, these children benefit equally from resources that would otherwise be out of reach, giving them the chance to make a difference in their communities.
Poverty erodes dignity for many in Ethiopian society. But with access to education, vocational and life-skills training, proper nutrition, quality health care, and the truth of God’s Word, the children here can thrive in all aspects of life and lead the way to redeeming the country and reminding its people of their value.
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