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Ethiopia Without Orphans

About Ethiopia:

Ethiopia is a country of 94 million people located in eastern Africa.  It is the most populous landlocked country in the world. With a high prevalence of HIV and over 44% of the population under the age of 14, orphanhood is an important issue in Ethiopia.  There are about 5.5 million orphans in the nation with 85,000 HIV orphans. Orphans are primarily cared for by government run orphanages; however, the government has started closing orphanges as a result of enacting the new government policy. Kinship care is a program that encourages reunification with families and domestic care by sponsoring the child with extended families.

About Ethiopia Without Orphans:

This summer, more than 500 people gathered in Addis Ababa for the Love Harvest conference, which honored child advocates in Ethiopia. Participants came from NGOs, churches, and the government.

In addition, WWO staff met with leaders from Kidmia and BeLoved Ethiopia, who are championing national adoption and support for older orphans. In the past two years, Kidmia has placed 40 children in adoptive homes in Ethiopia!

In the next year, leaders in Ethiopia are planning to have a gathering for key Ethiopia Without Orphans leaders to do networking and catalyzing, as well as to plan a larger event to take place later in the year.

For more information on Ethiopia Without Orphans please contact:

Aschalew Temesgen

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