In Ethiopia one
of of every six children dies before reaching their fifth birthday, most
suffer from malnutrition, 70% of all children there don't have access to
primary education and only 11% have access to safe water, with even less
having proper sanitation facilities. 44% of all Ethiopian children grow up in
abject poverty and few of them can expect to see their fiftieth birthday. It is hard to
believe that 650,000 children in Ethiopia have been orphaned by AIDS, with a
further 92,000 children under the age of 15yrs infected themselves. In total
there are a staggering four million child orphans in Ethiopia, and is estimated
that a further 200,000 children are becoming orphaned there every year.
Part of this is
because one in four Ethiopian women die during pregnancy or childbirth, a figure
exacerbated by the fact that only 6% of all births are attended to by a suitably
qualified and knowledgeable health professional, partly because those who do get
educated move abroad to earn their money. For example, there are more Ethiopian
trained doctors living in Chicago than in the whole of the country. Child sponsor
programs in Ethiopia focus on improving water access and food security,
strengthening health services and providing support to children to stay at
school as well as caring for orphaned and abandoned children.
You can make a
difference when you sponsor a child in Ethiopia.