God sent me to Ethiopia with Compassion and I fell in love with the people and country. I can't imagine adopting from any other place.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
So why not foster / adopt in America?
- Tony grew up in the foster system. And while I always thought we needed to 'give back' for all the wonderful parents he had that inched him along, one by one, to the wonderful man he is today; he is adamant he could not do it. He could not take in a child to love and then have it return home. Especially when he knows what they are going home to. In his words, he would "go postal". And now, having seen a third world country - compared to the poverty I have seen in America - my heart is still drawn to children overseas as just basic food and necessities are lacking there. Your heart may be for the children here - both are equally loved by God and He commands us to take care of them BOTH. Neither are more worthy of having a forever family.