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Ethiopia

Ethiopia (/ˌθiˈpiə/; Amharic: ኢትዮጵያ?, ʾĪtyōṗṗyā, ), officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (የኢትዮጵያ ፌዴራላዊ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ሪፐብሊክ, yeʾĪtiyoṗṗya Fēdēralawī Dēmokirasīyawī Rīpebilīk ), is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It shares borders with Eritrea to the north and northeast, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south. With over million inhabitants, Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world and the second-most populous nation on the African continent. It occupies a total area of , and its capital and largest city is Addis Ababa.

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2012 Mission of Mercy to Walisso, Ethiopia

This mission consisted of a group of about thirty missionaries from Oklahoma and North Carolina visiting a small Christian community in Walisso. We built a restroom and shower facility on their Church/School grounds that will be available for the use of the neighboring area.This picture shows the missionaries with the children of the community that will be enjoying the new, safe facilities.

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This article, written by Jonathan Kalan, expounds upon some of the major setbacks facing entrepreneurship in Ethiopia. WIth only 1% of the country accessing the internet, it ranks as the 142nd country in terms of internet usage and143rd for mobile usage. But there is hope!

Contributed by Holly Bream

Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia have a lot of hurdles to overcome. Walking around the streets of Addis the majority of shops you'll come across sell textiles, CDs, shoes, and handcrafted items. Many storefronts are shut down entirely.

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Authentic Ethiopian clothing can be purchased on this site. The link to their blog contains more information about the material used and the cultural significance. Fashion and modeling are definitely trending right now in Ethiopia.

Contributed by Holly Bream

Traditional Ethiopian dress and shoes, made from goat hair and shells.

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Here is more information about the structure of Ethiopia's school system, located on a site created by an organization that funds education programs that are managed by former students.

Contributed by Holly Bream

The gorgeous smiles of a few Ethiopian schoolchildren. This particular school, in Addis, contained grades 1-5. They used paper booklets for their homework and writing assignments and the teachers wrote using chalk on the board. There was no technology. The curriculum for all the subjects was based on UN guidelines.

Contributed by Holly Bream

Here is an article with further information on the waste management system of Addis Ababa. Policy changes are constantly being made to try and improve the situation for city residents, but so far Addis has yet to come up with an effective system that leaves everyone happy.

Contributed by Holly Bream

Here are a few women carrying loads of rubbish on their backs from the city dump in Addis Ababa. For those with no education and no work, the dump can be a huge survival resource, providing food, housing materials, and items to be resold on the streets.

Contributed by Holly Bream

Here is a documentary detailing the complex historical narratives related to the orthodox monasteries (and this is for just one monastery!). Audio in Amharic, English subtitles.

Contributed by Holly Bream

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