About Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world and was the home of the Queen of Sheba.  The empire which started with Sheba’s son Menelik continued until 1974 when the death of Haile Selassie marked the end of the 3000 year old dynasty.  Following the death, there was a civil war in the country until 1991 when a transitional government was formed.  The 17 years of civil war bankrupted the country and left thousands of orphaned children.  The numbers continue to increase as the diseases of poverty cause premature deaths of parents.

Thousands of children are living in institutions because their parents can no longer care for them.  Many children are orphaned due to poverty, the residual effects of war, drought or famine, or their parents may have died of disease, including not limited to AIDS related illnesses.

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Fun Facts

  1.   The official language of Ethiopia is Amharic

  1.   The capitol city is Addis Ababa

  1.   Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee

  1.   Ethiopia is one of the world’s oldest nations because it is one of only two countries in the world that have never been occupied

  1.   Ethiopia has a population of approximately 91 million

Why Adopt from Ethiopia?

  1.   On average, 350 women die in childbirth for every 100,000 live births.  This is compared to the US average of 21 per every 100,000.

  1.   Approximately 44% of Ethiopians are age 14 or younger.

  1.   1 in 8 children die before the age of 1. 

  1.   1 in 6 children die before the age of 5.