The fossils of Lucy, the oldest human remains, were found in Ethiopia. Unlike the rest of Africa—which has been colonized by several nations—Ethiopia has been occupied by aggressors for only 5 years in recorded history. The country was a member of the League of Nations and one of the original members of the UN. Ethiopia has its own calendar, which dates back to around 25 BC and has 13 months. This centuries-long continuum means that there’s a lot for the history buff to see.
In addition, the wild terrain is extremely varied and not for the faint-hearted. Boasting beautiful mountains, lakes, waterfalls and deserts, Ethiopia drums a silent rhythm across continents, stirring the feet of adventurers to come and explore.
Crime is lower than in surrounding countries, but lack of clean water and famine have plagued Ethiopia since I was a child. AND—the statistics on education are appalling. In a 2012 report quoted on NationMaster.com, there were 3.01 million primary-aged children who did not attend school. There were 53.75 students per primary teacher. The percentage of children who completed primary school was less than 50%. In the past decade, the Global Partnership for Education has been providing grants and guidance in an attempt to get access to textbooks and education for all students.
Mitiku lives in Ethiopia. His father works when he can as a farmer, earning around $21 per month. His mother and the three children care for the animals and walk quite a ways to get water. $38 per month would get him into the Compassion International project that would give him job skills, tutoring and field trips as well as clothes and nutrition. They would give him environmental protection activities and health screenings as well. As his sponsor, you could give him the most important thing—letters of encouragement to help him rise above his circumstances, letters telling him you are impressed with his hard work and you believe in the man he will become. Both the prophet Samuel and King Solomon were little boys when they first heard God’s voice. God still speaks today—let Him speak through you.
You also have the opportunity to make a one-time contribution to Compassion International’s special textbook fund by clicking here.
I’m participating in Compassion International’s “Release 3” project, praying that the children whose information I have on my desk today will connect with some of you. John Michael, Mathias, Deysi, Bryan, Erich and Mitiku need your friendship and $38 per month, to make it through childhood healthy and hunger-free, entering adulthood with real plans instead of wishes. Let me know which child you’d like to sponsor, and I’ll send you the information. Share this with your friends, too.
In case you wonder, I will never take your money or your credit info. I will send you to the Compassion site and provide you with sign-up information for these children. I get nothing but the joy of knowing that I helped a few more children by spreading the word.
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