How IOCC is helping in Ethiopia:
Each day before he walks to school, Lakew, 9, must rise early to fill a large watering can from a small spring and carry it to his mother's vegetable garden high in the mountains of the African country of Ethiopia. Water is precious here because it only rains a few months a year. The lack of rain makes it difficult to grow food and many people suffer from poor health because they don't have enough food to live.
Christianity has flourished in Ethiopia since the 4th century, and the Christian artisans of Ethiopia have contributed much to the country's culture. One thing crafters have long been known for is a special elaborate silver cross, called a maskal.
How you can help:
1) Pray for the children of Ethiopia, and their families.
2) Pack an Emergency Kit for children in need. Learn more.
3) Ask an adult to send a special donation on your behalf to help provide food, shelter and clothing for people served by IOCC.
(Adults: click here to make a donation online).
Tell me a story:
Genet is a teen-age Ethiopian girl who had an unhappy childhood and left home at a young age. She settled in the Ethiopian city of Nazereth to start a new life for herself. But then Genet started feeling weak and sick. She went to a health clinic in Nazereth and tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.