Thursday, June 24, 2010

why Ethiopia?

(JS) So we're a few weeks into our journey of adoption, and we've had a few people ask us...why Ethiopia? I was browsing "The Crazy Roots" blog (another ET adoption family) and found these amazing stats on Ethiopia that have impacted me significantly. I'm glad Ethiopia chose us...
One in ten children die before their first birthday. One in six children die before their fifth birthday

44% of the population is under 15 years old

60% of children in Ethiopia are stunted because of malnutrition

The median age in Ethiopia is 17.8 years old

There are roughly 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000

Per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa

Half of the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. 88% will never attend secondary school

Coffee prices (Ethiopia's only major export) declined 40-60%from 1998-2002

Severe drought struck the country from 2000-2002
  • first year no crops
  • second year no seeds
  • third year no animals
 Reality is sometimes hard to look at. Let it sink in and move you.


  1. Hey guys! Saw your post on the YG and followed the link toy our blog to say hello. We're so glad to be a part of the journey with you.

  2. Likewise! Great to connect with you Jen. We'll add your blog to our roll to the right. God Bless you as you seek BOLDness!

  3. Thank you so much for being my guest blogger... your post will pop up on July 20th!!! Thanks for being one of my fav. crazy bloggy friend!