December 22, 2011
When my friends, John and Dawn began the process of adopting their beautiful baby girl, Peyton, (pictured above) I started paying attention to any news clips about Ethiopia. My efforts were aided by the fact that during this process, both John and Dawn became fonts of knowledge about Ethiopia. From them I learned, over four million Ethiopian children are orphaned due to poverty and illness. Ethiopians face malaria, typhoid, parasites, pneumonia and malnutrition. One in fourteen women will die in childbirth. Children in Ethiopia die of childhood diseases that could be prevented through immunization, and children who live are often forced to live and work in the streets. They don’t have access to clean water. It came as no surprise then, that the education and literacy rates are not high. As a matter of fact, only 31% of females over the age of 15 can read and write.
Enter Ethiopia Reads. Ethiopia Reads is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting the children of Ethiopia with books, in the hopes of fostering education for future generations. To learn how to donate books or for information about visiting Ethiopia, visit their website. You can even volunteer to teach there!