Ethiopia Without Orphans


About Ethiopia:

Ethiopia is a country of 94 million people located in eastern Africa.  It is the most populous landlocked country in the world. With a high prevalence of HIV and over 44% of the population under the age of 14, orphanhood is an important issue in Ethiopia.  There are about 5.5 million orphans in the nation with 85,000 HIV orphans. Orphans are primarily cared for by government run orphanages; however, the government has started closing orphanges as a result of enacting the new government policy. Kinship care is a program that encourages reunification with families and domestic care by sponsoring the child with extended families.