I have been reading some things about Ethiopia. Ever since I got Abdisa, I have been excited to learn about his country. I always knew that Ethiopia was poor. I saw the picture of the kids with holey clothes and bloated bellies. When you see those pictures on Compassion's site, you know that they are in desperate poverty.
But, I never knew this- the population estimate includes the "effects of excess mortality due to AIDS." (http://www.compassion.com/about/where/ethiopia.htm) About one percent of the population lives with HIV/AIDS. I am so glad that Abdisa's center provides HIV awareness programs and health screenings.
Abdisa is blessed. He lives with both of his parents. He is even blessed to be alive. One hundred, nine out of 1000 babies don't make it to their fifth birthday. Abdisa did. Today, I rejoice for all those little lives that Compassion has saved. I know God has great plans for their lives, and I can't wait to see what He has in store for Abdisa!