Known as the “birthplace of coffee”, Ethiopia is arguably one of the oldest nations on earth, with history claiming that it was founded around 980 BC! It has a 13 month calender year and is 7-8 years behind the western calender. Its history, dating back to biblical times, acclaims that it is the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant and it is believed that 70% of the mountains of Africa rest within its borders. And yet, this nation of 100 million people is also the 5th poorest in the world where 80% of its people live below $1 a day.
For over two decades, BTBAB has been demonstrating God’s love to the poor in the developing world. Once every two years, we adopt a village for a period of 2-4 years and lift it out of poverty. We do this by finding a project that is key to breaking the cycle of poverty, empowering the local people and making them self-productive, God-dependent people. We have already done this successfully in 4 countries (see reports on Philippines, Niger, Cambodia and Burundi). In each of these countries, we have seen the projects last for a minimum of 5 years bringing employment and/or education to a huge percentage of the local population. Our success has not come easy and tremendous work goes on behind the scenes and ordinary people (our volunteers) invest their time, skills and sheer dedication over many years. So, it is important we get the initial fact-finding stages right.
In 2020 we began the initial consultation to adopt the village of Wonji Shoa (just two hours outside Addis Ababa – Ethiopia’s capital city). However, due to Covid-19 and the civil unrest, the process of assembling a team to help in our fact-finding process was delayed. But after hearing a good report from some in-country representatives on how the first phase has developed, we have invested further finances into this village. This will hopefully be a small part in helping Ethiopia become the productive nation it once was hundreds of years ago.
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