Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa, and one of the oldest in the world. References to Ethiopia are found in both the Old and New Testaments. Located in eastern Africa, Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, has a population of over 96 million people, and is the home to the African Union.

Yet despite this rich and vibrant history, Ethiopia is home to one of the highest populations of orphans in the world.

Thirteen percent of Ethiopian children have lost one or both parents—over 4.5 million are orphaned and vulnerable children. HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases have decimated the population, and high unemployment rates have contributed to the poverty of many Ethiopians.

The beauty of Ethiopia and her people is not dimmed by these circumstances. Warm and hospitable, the Ethiopian people hold on to hope for a better tomorrow for their children. Children’s HopeChest can offer that hope through its Community-to-Community partnerships, where a North American community partners with a CarePoint and its surrounding community. The communities work together to equip and work toward sustainable transformation.

Some programs include animal husbandry, water market kiosk shops, CarePoint gardens to help with food sustainability, income-generating activities for parents and guardians of children in our CarePoints, and a focus on education and job skill training for youth. In addition, sponsorship helps provide children with education, nutrition, and basic medical support, as well as Christian discipleship and mentorship. Established CarePoints in Ethiopia serve more than 5,000 children and youth in more than 30 locations.