About Ziway

Ziway is a town of about 50,000 people, nestled on the banks of Ziway Lake, approximately 100 miles south of Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa.  The town has a broad social spectrum, ranging from middle class Ethiopians to the desperately impoverished.  Approximately 50% of the Ziway workforce is unemployed.  In Ziway, Protestant Christians, Ethiopian Orthodox, and Muslims live together peacefully.

About Adami Tulu

Mountains Near Adami Tulu

Adami Tulu is a small village that lies about ten miles south of Ziway.  The community is very poor and offers few opportunities to its children. Most of the working population work in agriculture, when there are jobs available. The community is predominantly Muslim, but there are also Ethiopian Orthodox and Protestant Christians.

About Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a beautiful and unique country, set in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopians value their history of independence and their ancient cultural roots, claiming a history that dates back to the Queen of Sheba and beyond. The main religions of Ethiopia are Ethiopian Orthodox and Sunni Islam, but there are many practicing Protestant Christians and Catholics.

Ethiopia is a very poor country. The population is estimated at 85 million, but half of that population is under 20 years old, and there are an estimated 5 million orphans currently in Ethiopia. Ninety percent of Ethiopians earn their living off of the land, so the country is dependent on good weather and a stable agricultural market for survival. Ethiopia has a history of devastating and severe famines. Between 1984 and 1985, over a million Ethiopians died of starvation. Food security continues to be a major issue in Ethiopia.

At a Glance

Location
Eastern Africa, west of Somalia

Capital City
Addis Ababa

Area
1,104,300 sq km (slightly less than twice the size of Texas)

Population
85,237,338

Languages
Amarigna 32.7%, Oromigna 31.6%, Tigrigna 6.1%, Somaligna 6%, Guaragigna 3.5%, Sidamigna 3.5%, Hadiyigna 1.7%, other 14.8%, English (major foreign language taught in schools) (1994 census)

Religion
Christian 60.8% (Orthodox 50.6%, Protestant 10.2%), Muslim 32.8%, traditional 4.6%, other 1.8% (1994 census)
**data from www.cia.gov

But the most striking characteristics of Ethiopia are its beautiful people and breath-taking landscape. Ethiopians are overwhelmingly kind and generous. They love their families and their children, and are proud of their country. The Ethiopian countryside is filled with high mountains and sweeping, green valleys. The beauty of Ethiopia provides a striking contrast to its immense poverty, but one leaves Ethiopia with a desire to see and experience more of this beautiful, ancient land.