Ethiopia, also known as the land of "Kush" in biblical times, is located in the "Horn of Africa" and is the most populated landlocked country in the world. With a land mass of 1.1 million square miles, comparable to Bolivia, it is bordered by Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and Kenya. Ecologically diverse, with deserts along the eastern border, to tropical forests in the south.
It is one of the oldest sites in human existence, Ethiopia dates back to the second century B.C. It contains the largest amount of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Africa. Rich in natural contrasts with waterfalls, volcanic hot springs, Africa's highest mountains and the world's lowest points below sea level. The largest cave and largest number of rivers in Africa, with the Nile River being the most recognizable. The central Ethiopian Plateau is split by the Great Rift Valley, which divides the eastern and western highlands. The climate is temperate in the highlands, and hot in the lowlands.
Ethiopia is one of the world's poorest countries, suffering from systemic poverty with poor sanitation being one of their greatest challenges, which contributes to the spread of preventable illnesses. Farming and deforestation have led to severe erosion. Periodic droughts have produced food shortages and famine and disease. Over 55% of people living in the capital of Addis Ababa live in slums. Many houses are built out of mud, and only 12% of homes in Ethiopia contain tile or concrete floors.
Faith Love Hope Family Service Association.
The work began in 1965 with the Tuomi family of Finland. They established an orphanage with thirty children in the town in Holeta. After the death of her parents, Airi Tuomi, has continued to work in Ethiopia in other ways.
In 2005, Airi founded the Faith, Hope, Love, Family Service Association with five local Ethiopians. It is a charitable organization which provides assistance in the community to over 555 individuals including, orphans, vulnerable children, people living with AIDS, disadvantaged women,
and the elderly. They provide programs that teach general hygiene, money management, business, nutrition, and farming.
In addition they supply funding for tuition, textbooks, school uniforms, and personal items for 300 children. Small loans are granted to farmers to purchase seeds and equipment. When needed, assistance to obtain medical care is provided as well. These programs continue to prosper and grow.
Thanks to your generous support the resource centre is now open, and fully operational. Its construction took place from years 2009 – 2011. In 2013 the upper floor became a functional library. A year later the computer lab went on line, on the lower level. Now hundreds of children and also adult learners are benefiting from this facility.
Your continuing support is vital for the following FHLFSA projects: