Where we operate

We carry out our activity in Ethiopia, a country situated in the Horn of Africa, one of the oldest nations in the World,historically known as Abyssinia. It is bordered by Eritrea (which became independent in 1993) to the north, Sudan to the west, Kenya to the south, Djibouti to the northeast, and Somalia to the east.

 

The country has a surface area of 435,071 square miles, and a population of 67.5 million inhabitants (estimation of 2004, as there is no official register of births). The capital city is Addis Ababa, with over 3 million inhabitants. The population is made of over 70 different ethnical groups.

 

Orthodox Copt Christians make up about 40% of the country's population, Muslims 45%, and practitioners of traditional faiths 5%.

Local currency is the Birr (1$ is approximately 9 Birr).

Surface transportation is rather difficult in the country, as only 40% of the roads are surfaed. Addis Ababa is connected with the port of Djibouti by railway.

 

Average income per capita is US$ 100 per year (estimation of 2000). Ethiopia is therefore one of the poorest countries in the world.

 

Life expectancy at birth is 42/43 years. 80% of the population is devoted to agriculture and sheep farming, which are mainly of a subsistence nature, even due to problems of soil erosion. Deforestation is also a major concern for Ethiopia as it contributes to soil erosion.

 

Coffee beans are the country's largest export commodity.

Ethiopia has a large hydroelectric potential. In 2001, 98% of produced energy was from this kind of power stations, which unfortunately depend upon regular rains.

 

Literacy rates are estimated at 44%, and there was a dramatic increase in the last 50 years, as in 1952 rates were at 4%. Access to school (from primary to high school) is open and free.

 

Specifically, our Foundation operates in the northern region of Ethiopia, near the border with Eritrea, in the city of Adwa, theatre of the famous battle in 1896.

 

The region is part of the Ethiopian Plateau, covering almost half of the country's surface area, with an average height of 1,700 mt. Adwa is at a height of 1,900 mt.

 

The climate is subtropical/desert, with average temperature of 22°, but with great day/night temperature differences. The rain season is from June to September, and there is a short season of small rains from February to March

 

The Local Authorities have given us a site of about 5 acres, where we have built our "Village", which started to operate in 2005. The site is at the suburbs of Adwa.

 

Adwa is 1,100 km from Addis Ababa, but pretty close (30/40 minutes by car) to Axum, where there is an airport.

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