Saturday, November 15, 2008


Yes, today is National Adoption Day.  My prayer is for the 143 million orphans in the world, of which 4.3 million are in Ethiopia that's 12% of the children in Ethiopia
720,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS alone
1 in 6 children die before their 5th birthday
44% of the population in Ethiopia is under 15 years old
60% of children in Ethiopia suffer from the effects of malnutrition
1/2 of the children in Ethiopia will never attend school
Ethiopia's median age is 17.8 years
1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world)
per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa
in the 90's, the population (3%) grew more than food production (2.2%)
Ethiopia doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000
in 1993, after 30 years of war Eritrea broke from Ethiopia and became an independent nation leaving Ethiopia without a seaport
1n 2009, we bring our son home from Ethiopia


Kelly Albright said...

Those statistics are heart wrenching. I was really touched by the message today at church.

I especially remember the part where it was said that adoption is choosing LIFE to give that baby a CHANCE and an OPPORTUNITY to become someone who can later make a difference. It's both by the person giving up a baby to adoption, as well as the person adopting that baby.

Off topic, I love the new background. You inspired me to change mine (finally).

BAMboozle said...

Hey, I hope your home study went well today. I said a little prayer for you all when I thought about it at work this morning.

Gretchen Magruder said...

So good to see you guys are moving ahead!! Your wait time of 4-6 months is still shorter than many of the other agencies - it'll go quickly!!