Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Here are some stats about Ethiopia. Everytime I read them my eyes get watery. Our daughter WAS part of the 5-million. I say 5-million minus 1. What a gift to raise this baby. We are blessed. -Sarah

*There are approximately 5 million orphans in a country less than twice the size of the state of Texas.

*Between 60-150 million kids live on the streets

*One in six children die before their fifth birthday.

*One in ten children die before their first birthday.

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

*In the 1980's one million Ethiopians died of starvation

*Some areas still practice female circumcision

*82% of the population survives on less than 1 dollar a day

*Only 24% of households have access to safe drinking water

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

*Children and family are honored above all else

*1 in 3 people are HIV+, the average life expectancy is 37

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