The best answer for me is "why not?", but for those who'd like more. Here are a dozen or so reasons. Keep in mind that stats are variable. My brother loves to say, "56.7% of statistics are made up"...and that percentage varies every time he says it. Hahaha.
- There are approximately 5 million orphans in Ethiopia, including 1 million AIDS orphans. There are more orphans in Ethiopia than people in Norway!
- 1 in 10 children die before their 1st birthday. 1 in 6 children die before their 5th birthday.
- 44% of the population is under 15 years old.
- The median age in Ethiopia is 17.8 years old.
- 50 million people are living in abject poverty. The average Ethiopian makes about $300/year [less than $1/day]. With many mouths to feed, some families are forced to relinquish their children for economic reasons. They simply cannot feed them.
- 60% of children in Ethiopia are stunted because of malnutrition.
- 1.5 million people are infected with AIDS [6th highest in the world]
- Ethiopia receives less aid, per capita, than any country in Africa
- 50% of Ethiopian children will never attend school. 88% will never attend secondary school.
- Coffee prices [Ethiopia's only major export] declined 40-60% from 1998-2002. Buy GOBENA COFFEE for great, authentic, fair trade, organic coffee!
- Ethiopia's doctor to child ratio is 1 to 24,000. There are 59 OB/GYNs and 1,000 midwives for a population of 77 million.
- Severe drought struck country from 2000-2002 [1st year = no crops, 2nd year = no seeds, 3rd year = no animals]
I love how Jesus spoke to his disciples about the role of the Holy Spirit after he left earth. What a powerful image of his heart for belonging to a family...
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18
Spread the word about Ethiopian adoption. It's critical and life-changing for so many. And it certainly changes the trajectory of a child's life. To our babies, we are coming. As fast as we can!!! There's no where we wouldn't go to bring you home. You have our hearts and we love you implicitly.
The Boddies' blog
Melissa Faye Green's Web Site
Poverty in Ethiopia
A Walk to Beautiful