| Today' s Issues
Poverty, Disease, Gender and Education:
1) 85% of the population live in rural areas where they lack access to public health services and proper education facilities.
2) Primary schooling in Ethiopia is free for the average Ethiopian who lives on under a dollar a day. However, it is often difficult for families to cover school related expenses, books and uniforms.
3) A very high percentage of parents do not have an education. Families who are dependent on the labor of their children to survive are often reluctant to send their children to school.
4) As a result, 72% of school age children have no access to formal education and Ethiopia's literacy rate is a low 42%.
5) Only 10% of children go on to some type of secondary education.
Orphans in Ethiopia:
Ethiopia has one of the highest populations of orphans in the world at almost 5,000,000.
1) 13 per cent of children throughout the country are missing one or both parents.
This represents an estimated 4.6 million children - 800,000 of whom were orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
2) There are currently about 2.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. The highest rates occur in yours between 15-24years.
In the past, famine, conflict and other diseases were the main factors that claimed the lives of parents.
3) Lacking a vital support system as well as the means to secure an education, these children often face constant danger on the streets and are often forced into lives of begging and prostitution to survive.
1) In Addis Ababa, more than 30 % of girls aged 10-14 are not living with their parents. 20% of these 30 percent have run away from child marriages.
2) In the Amhara region, the average age of marriage for girls is 14 while at the national level the average age for marriage is 17.
3) Multiple cultural and societal factors contribute to low school enrollment rates for girls in Ethiopia. Traditions such as early marriage reinforce attitudes that decry the importance of girl's education.
Help a Life's Role:
Help a Life's focus is on creating change and opportunities for orphan girls and village children as they learn through the Project Blue education program. Teaching orphan girls through an additional tutorial will allow them to become a part of their society and a productive force for the growth and stability of an underdeveloped country.
Orphan girl in Debre Markos, Ethiopia
Young girls working in Debre Markos, Ethiopia
Orphan girls studying in our group home