One thing we really like about our placement agency, Wide Horizons for Children, is the amount of humanitarian work they do in Ethiopia. WHFC recently created a promotional video called “Visions of Ethiopia” to describe (and promote, I suppose) its humanitarian work. I’m only sharing this so that those interested can see some amazing images and learn about the very basic needs that are not met in places like Ethiopia; this is NOT a push for donations (although of course I won’t stop you if you want to donate).
I’ve seen a variety of statistcs on Ethiopia and I never know which ones are right since they tend to vary. Here are some from WHFC:
* 1 in 13 Ethiopian children dies before reaching their first birthday.
* 4 out of 5 people in Ethiopia live on less than $2 per day.
* Fewer than half of school-aged children in Ethiopia attend school.
* There are 5,000,000 orphans in Ethiopia.
I feel compelled to learn as much as I can about Ethiopia. I’ve been learning a lot while I read “There Is No Me Without You” but I had to put that aside for the past few weeks while I finished a couple of books for my book club and I worked on assigned reading from “Adoption Parenting.” I’m now glad that it is again the only book on my nightstand, and I intend to focus on finishing it in the next couple of weeks.