Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Need in Ethiopia

Why we are adopting from Ethiopia.

One in six children die before their fifth birthday

44% of the population of Ethiopia is under 15 years old

60% of children in Ethiopia are stunted because of malnutrition

The median age in Ethiopia is 17.8 years

1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world)

720,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS alone, and there are 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia.

Per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa

In the 90s the population (3%) grew faster than food production (2.2%)

Drought struck the country from 2000-2002 (first year no crops, second year no seeds, third year no animals)

Half the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. 88% will never attend secondary school.

Coffee prices (Ethiopia’s only major export) fell 40-60% from 1998-2002.

Ethiopia’s doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000.

In 1993, after 30 long years of war, Eritrea broke from Ethiopia and became an independent nation leaving Ethiopia landlocked without any major seafaring ports.

1 comment:

Kowalczyk said...

Oh, I wish I had a million dollars and a large house, I'd adopt a little "GIRL" in a second! I'm so glad you are blessed so that you and Ron are able to adopt from Ethiopia. It's just just..... a miracle! Love you bunches! Nancy Lee