Hello. My Name is Yirgalem

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Child Profile

Gender: Male
Addis Ababa
Country: Ethiopia

Financial Support


Yirgalem's Story

Yirgalem is an 8 year old boy who is HIV-positive. He currently lives with his mother, who is a widow.

Yirgalem has two older siblings who live with his mother's uncle due to the family's financial difficulties. His mother sells firewood to help provide for their needs, but is finding it difficult to make ends meet through this work.

Your generous sponsorship of Yirgalem will help provide for his and his mother's basic living expenses and give him the opportunity to thrive.

The Country of Ethiopia

About Ethiopia
Ethiopia is the only African country that was not colonized as various European nations scrambled to divide and rule Africa. With the brief exception of the Italian occupation from 1936-1941, Ethiopia has remained an independent nation.

With a population of over 91 million people, there is an assorted collection of food, languages, customs and people groups. Ethiopia also contains a diverse landscape, including parts of the Nile River and the Great Rift Valley. As an East African landlocked country, Ethiopia is bordered by Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti.

Ethiopia, an ancient Christian nation, has deep-rooted Ethiopian Orthodox customs and practices. The Judaic-Christian roots of Ethiopia can be found in both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Today, about half the population of Ethiopia is Christian.

Unfortunately, this country that is about twice the size of Texas has an estimated 4.3 million orphans. The children are primarily orphaned due to poverty, and live in both government-run and privately established orphanages.

The Sponsorship Program

Through our Ethiopia Sponsorship Program, you can join America World in caring for vulnerable children and their families. A wonderful thing about the sponsorship program is that you are not only able to meet a child's physical needs through monetary donation, but can also develop a relationship with your sponsor child. Since many of the children in our sponsorship program are living with their families in difficult financial circumstances, your gift will often impact not only the child, but also their family members.

Sponsorship Fees

It only costs $35.00 per month to bring a child hope for the future. Your generous, tax-deductible donation will help provide for the basic needs of your sponsored child and his or her family. You can sponsor a child by simply clicking on their profile and completing the donation information on the right side of the page.

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Child sponsorship helps provide for the basic needs of a child through an automatic, recurring contribution. If you would like to stop your donation at any time, please contact us at 800-429-3369 or sponsorship@awaa.org