Thursday, November 29, 2012

Why Ethiopia?

Today I have received a few questions as to why we would choose to adopt internationally over domestically. These stats from a blog I follow sum up the reasons that God used to make our hearts ache for this country and its orphans. I have so much respect for those that adopt, whether here in the states or overseas. I don't see one as easier or "better". Every child is precious. No matter where they are born. 

Some stats from

  • One in eight children die before their fifth birthday. (What? You need more reasons?)
  • There are FIVE MILLION orphans in Ethiopia
  • That is the same number of children under age 18 who reside in Massachusetts, New York State, and Washington DC combined. If every parent in those places died tonight - that would be similar to Ethiopia's orphan crisis.
  • More than half a million of these were orphaned as a result of AIDS.
  • Over 150,000 children live on the streets
  • life expectancy in Ethiopia 39 years for males and 42 years for females. The leading cause of death is communicable diseases such as malaria, typhoid, meningitis, cholera, AIDS, tuberculosis, yellow fever.
  • Woman have an average of 7 children and the maternal mortality rate is 1 in 14
  • Ethiopia's neonatal mortality rate is one of the highest in the world - 49/1000 births with tetanus infection being the second major cause of infant/neonatal death.
  • Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world. Over half the population lives on less than a $1 a day. The average income in Ethiopia is US$100 a year. Almost 82% of the population lives on less than $1 a day.
  • Malnutrition levels are among the highest in the world.
  • Ethiopia is experiencing yet another drought now.
  • Only 42.7% age 15 and over can read and write. The literacy rate for women is 35%.
  • Only 18 percent of children reach grade five. That means 82% of children don't.

1 comment:

  1. The girl that we sponsor through Compassion, Sewnet, lives in Ethiopia. The more that I learn about her country and home the more I am moved to prayer and action!
    Know that we are praying for your adoption path and that God lays every step in place for you!
    I am also praying for your child and his or her birth family. I am praying for the hard decisions they are making and the hardships they are facing be they financial, health related, or dealing with mental and emotional stability! God orchestrates great things and the beauty of his miracles and plans is astounding!