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  • Country: Ethiopia
  • D.O.B: February 7, 2016
  • Age: 6

  • Gender: Girl
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  • Country: Uganda
  • D.O.B: August 27, 2017
  • Age: 5

  • Gender: Girl
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  • Country: Ghana
  • D.O.B: June 2, 2014
  • Age: 8

  • Gender: Boy
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  • Country: Rwanda
  • D.O.B: July 9, 2017
  • Age: 5

  • Gender: Boy
Portrait of Mihret
Meet Mihret
Mihret is 6 years old and lives in Ethiopia.
ET402300066 | Days Waiting: 271
Country: Ethiopia
Birthday: February 7, 2016 (6 years old)
Gender: Girl

Mihret lives with her mother and father. Mihret's mother is Sometimes Employed. Her occupation is Day Labor / Different Jobs. Mihret's father is Sometimes Employed. His occupation is Day Labor / Different Jobs. Mihret has 4 siblings living in the household. Mihret helps with the following duties at home: Running Errands. Mihret's favourite activities and interests include: Dolls, Hide and Seek, Rolling a ball, and Singing. Activities that Mihret enjoys through the church are: Only Attends Project. At the compassion centre Mihret's favourite activities are: Learning about God. Mihret attends school. She is in the equivalent of kindergarten. Mihret's favourite subject is History. Her performance in school is Below Average. Mihret's family lives in the area of Afar in Ethiopia.

Mihret's Country Details

Ethiopia, a republic in northeastern Africa, shares boundaries with five other countries. Most of the country is a high plateau capped by mountains. Lowland deserts surround the plateau. Ethiopia's population is diverse, with more than 70 ethnic groups. Eighty percent of the people support themselves through subsistence farming in the central plateau region. Major religions include Christianity, Islam, and animism. Amharic is the country's official language.

Known as Abyssinia until recently, Ethiopia was ruled by a powerful kingdom in the first centuries A.D. In the fifteenth century, a Coptic Christian empire and a monarchy were established. After the 1500s, Ethiopia became a number of small kingdoms, which were reunified in the 1880s. Emperor Haile Selassie took Ethiopia's throne in 1931. Since he was dethroned in 1974, the country has experienced political instability and several forms of government. In 1995 the country became the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

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Compassion’s ministry is focused on what we call holistic child development. This means developing children in all the different aspects of their lives—their minds, bodies and relationships—while giving them the opportunity to hear about and experience the love of Jesus from caring local church staff and volunteers.

How does sponsorship help kids?

Formal and non-formal educational opportunities Compassion assists children with their primary school education and gives opportunities to attend secondary school, as well as providing vocational training opportunities and extra-curricular activities such as sports, field trips, music and computer training.
Health care, hygiene training and supplementary food Kids get a healthy snack or meal when they attend program activities, receive regular health check-ups, and learn how to take care of their bodies and form healthy relationships.
The love and support of a local church and the opportunity to hear about Jesus Because Compassion partners with local churches, children are connected to a local Christian community where they have the opportunity to hear the gospel from caring church staff and volunteers.
Personal attention, guidance and love Children are cared for and invested in by members of their own communities, who encourage them to discover their unique gifts, passions and abilities. Their sponsors also play an important role in this through their prayers and letters.

Is sponsorship still relevant during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis?

During the pandemic, we saw firsthand the impact of crises on children in poverty. We also saw how powerful sponsorship can be in equipping local churches to respond in specific, effective and life-changing ways. As we continue to see multifaceted crises impacting children around the world, we know that the need for sponsorship remains urgent. We are more confident than ever that your commitment to sponsorship truly allows children, families and communities to be deeply known, loved and protected through it all.

Why do you work with local churches?

Compassion works exclusively with local churches because they know the names and faces of the children in their community and can best understand and respond to their challenges. They are known and trusted by their neighbours and are able to reach those in the greatest need with compassion and through the love of God.

We equip our local church partners with the resources, training and expertise to help children escape poverty. Each church is empowered to implement the program in a way that meets the specific needs of the children they serve. In this way the physical, spiritual, emotional and relational needs for children are met as they are empowered to overcome poverty in all its forms.

Do kids need to be Christian to be in Compassion’s program?

Absolutely not! We encourage children and families of all faiths and backgrounds to register in our programs and would never require or coerce anyone to convert to Christianity.

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At Compassion, we take financial stewardship seriously.

As certified members of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, Compassion Canada is committed to handling the finances entrusted to us with the utmost integrity. This year, 84.7 per cent of funds were used for program activities benefiting the children we serve, and 15.3 per cent for support services.

Today, children around the world are discovering that poverty doesn’t have to be their future. Help one more do the same by sponsoring with Compassion!