Ethiopia is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. It shares a border 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. Among its important sites are Lalibela and its 12th-13th century rock-cut Christian churches, and Aksum, the ruins of an ancient city. Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world, as well as the second-most populous nation on the African continent after Nigeria.

  • Capital: Addis Ababa
  • Population: 105 million
  • Language: Amarigna, Oromigna, Tigrigna, English, and Arabic
  • Ethiopia is the only country in Africa with its own alphabet, consisting of 209 symbols and 25 letters.

Our History in Ethiopia

In 1984, Food for the Hungry (FH) began working in response to the famine, which grew into large-scale food relief, rehabilitation and long-term food security. Since then, FH has focused efforts on community development and other areas of need to improve living conditions, prepare for harsh environmental factors such as droughts, and assist in improved agricultural techniques.

Current Work

     Current communities: 38   |   Children sponsored: 11,260   |   

Church partnerships: 5

Available projects that need support:


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Breastfeeding Is Saving Children’s Lives

Key Challenges

11% of children are born at a low birth weight | 23.6% of children under 5 are underweight | 33.5% of the population lives below the international poverty line
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