Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WHY ETHIOPIA???

We are getting this question a lot. I am including some facts that just blew me away and I can't get out of my head. Please be warned they are not pretty......

33% of Ethiopians are considered severly underweight when the food surplus in the United States could feed all of Africa.

24% have access to clean water and some of those have to walk a long way to get it.

1 in 7 women die during childbirth

6 the average number of children an Ethiopian woman has.

Women who are raped or unmarried and become pregnant are shunned by all, sometimes causing them and their child to be killed or kicked out of the village.

There are 5 million orphans in Ethiopia!!

1 in 7 children die before the age of ONE!!

1 in 6 children die before the age of FIVE!! (half of them from diarrhea!!)

265,000 children die a year from a preventable disease.

4 out of 5 people live on less than $2 a day.

There is 1 doctor for every 100,000 people.

For the price of 1 latte from Starbucks, some aid organizations can feed a child or mother for a month.

The average life expectancy is around 45.

How could we not make it "one less"?



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1 comment:

Jennifer said...

I'm anticipating that same question when we finally make the 'big announcement' to our friends and family. I'm going to have to bookmark this post and memorize it so I'm ready :)