Why Ethiopia?

* One in ten children die before their first birthday

* One in six children die before their fifth birthday

* 44% of the population of Ethiopia is under 15 years old

* 60% of children in Ethiopia are stunted due to malnutrition

* The median age in Ethiopia is 17.8 years; the average life span is 37 years

* Half the children in Ethiopia will never attend school; 88% will never attend secondary school

* Ethiopia has the highest HIV/AIDS population in the world

* There are 4.8 million orphans in Ethiopia; 1.2 million children have been orphaned by AIDS alone

* Ethiopia’s doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000

* In the 1980's one million Ethiopians died of starvation

* Drought struck the country again from 2000-2002 (1st year no crops, 2nd year no seeds, 3rd year no animals)

* Only 24% of households have access to safe drinking water

* 82% of the population survives on less than 1 dollar a day

* Coffee prices (Ethiopia’s only major export) fell 40-60% from 1998-2002

* Per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa

* In 1993, after 30 long years of war, Eritrea broke from Ethiopia and became an independent nation leaving Ethiopia landlocked without any major seafaring ports

(Adapted from adoption group posting on yahoo and Unicef-Ethiopia. Some of these statistics are a few years outdated, but things haven't really improved lately, either)