Another local doula is adopting from Ethiopia. She also happens to have an awesome web designing husband. This page is completely copied from her website. I would retype everything and research it, but this way I can give a shout out to her husband's business :)
You can visit it at http://www.findingchurch.net/
- Ethiopia is ranked by the UN’s Human Development Index as one of the four poorest countries in the world
- Annual per-capita income is less than $1,000.00
- Over 65% of the population lives below the poverty rate
- Population: 79,455,634
- Average Ethiopian woman gives birth to 5.2 children
- Population is expected to double in the next 20-30 years
- Christian 60.8% (Orthodox 50.6%, Protestant 10.2%), Muslim 32.8%, Traditional 4.6%, Other 1.8% (1994 census)
- 1 in 4 women dies in pregnancy or childbirth
- 4 million children are orphaned, nearly 1 million by AIDS
- 1 in 10 children die before their first birthday
- 1 in 6 children die before age 5
- Over 50% of children are stunted
- Malnutrition is the underlying cause of more than half of all child deaths
General Health/Life Expectancy
- Average life expectancy is 53 for men, 58 for women
- 1 physician for every 34,988 people
- 1 in 4 women dies in childbirth or from a pregnancy-related illness
- 22% of the population has access to improved drinking sources: 81% in urban areas and 11% in rural
- 13% of the population has access to adequate sanitation facilities: 44% in urban areas and 7% in rural
- Unlawful kidnapping and forced seizure of young girls for marriage is common in certain parts of Ethiopia, especially in the SNNPR (13%) and Oromia (11%).
- 80% of women and about 50% of men believe that there are at least some situations in which a husband is justified in beating his wife.
- Rape is a serious problem. A study on street violence among girls ages 10-24 in Addis Ababa found that 15% of the respondents had been raped, and during their first sexual activity, 43% had been coerced into sex.
- Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world. An estimated 22.5 million people are living with HIV in the region – around two thirds of the global total. In 2009, around 1.3 million people died from AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and 1.8 million people became infected with HIV. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 14.8 million children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.