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Sponsors have helped Ethiopian children since 1993, when Compassion teamed up with churches in Ethiopia to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

eastern Africa

Favorite ...

sports: long distance running, soccer

foods: injera (sourdough flatbread), meat stews, lentils

celebrations: Meskel, Ramadan, Ethiopian Christmas (Jan. 7), Easter

Claim to Fame

the birthplace of coffee

Wild Residents

Ethiopian wolves, gelada baboons, Simien foxes, colobus monkeys

Poverty Pitfalls

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Droughts that kill crops are common. Compassion helps some villages build wells that supply clean water.
Many people don't get enough food or water. Churches help sponsored children's families who are going hungry.
Mosquitoes can give people deadly malaria. Sponsored kids at risk of malaria get bed nets to keep out mosquitoes.
Less than half the people have learned to read and write. Tutors at Compassion centers help teach kids to read and write.

Fun Facts

almost twice the size of Texas

money: birr

A new day starts at 6 a.m., not 12 a.m. like in most Western countries.

Women welcome guests to their homes with a coffee-making ceremony.

Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7 because their calendar is different from the one most people use.

home to part of Africa's Great Rift Valley

Stat Snapshot


Ethiopia ?? United States 🇺🇸


105,350,020 339,665,118

People Living in Poverty

29.6% 15.1%


Amharic, Oromo, Afar, Somali and more than 80 others!

English, Spanish, Chinese, other


Ethiopian Orthodox 43.5%, Muslim 33.9%, Protestant 18.5%, Catholic 0.7%, other 0.6%

Protestant 46.5%, none/other 26.1%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%

Typical Family Income

$2,100 per year $63,700 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018

ET276 Food Distribution June 10 2016

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