"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy" Proverbs 31:8-9

Thursday, 7 July 2011


Ethiopia is a landlocked country in Africa. It is the second-most populated nation in Africa, with a population of over 88 million people. It is estimated that over 35 million people are living in severe poverty in Ethiopia.

Ethiopians are constantly fighting against disease, particularly HIV/AIDS and malaria. Currently, approx 980,000 Ethiopians are living with HIV/AIDS and approx 67,000 people die as a result every year, leaving behind many orphans.

Over 50 million Ethiopians live in malaria-prone areas, with only 47% of the population protected by treated bed nets.

Ethiopia is currently the highest producing country for coffee and honey.

There are over 80 ethnic groups and a diversity of languages. Over 80% of the population lives in rural areas.

Issues children face in Ethiopia:
  • Rapid spread of HIV/AIDS, leaving many children orphans
  • Malaria
  • Tuberculosis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Malnutrition
  • Colds /Flu
  • Abdominal Parasites
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma
  • Typhoid

Many communities in Ethiopia are in desperate need of water, employment opportunities, proper sanitation, schools, food, shelter, clothing, vocational training centres, scholastic materials and suitable housing.

Compassion International began working in Ethiopia in 1993. Over 72,100 children participate in 321 child development centres. Compassion Australia assists over 7,400 of these children. Currently, 155 Ethiopian students are enrolled in the Leadership Development Program, and 14 Child Survival Programs operate throughout the country.

To sponsor a child in Ethiopia, on of the world's poorest countries, click here