Serving Children in Ethiopia


Ethiopia, located in the horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country filled with time-honored traditions and the ruins of ancient cities. In recent years, especially, it has survived severe drought which destroyed food supplies for its nearly 96 million citizens. Today, nearly 50,000 children are malnourished, and many families are unable to meet their most basic needs. As a result, many children are sent to orphanages or left to live on the streets.

Population: 106,792,234

Capital: Addis Ababa

Religion: Ethiopian Orthodox (43.5%), Muslim (33.9%), Protestant (18.5%), Catholic (0.7%)

Language: Oromo (33.8%), Amharic (29.3%), Somali (6.2%), Tigrigna (5.9%), Sidamo (4%)

Percent of people living on less than $3.10/day: 71.27%


Ministry Overview

We work closely with Ethiopian leaders to serve the children of the Ziway and Adami Tulu communities.

Our three school campuses provide education for Nursery students through Grade 8 in order to advance each child’s full potential in life. Our goal is not only to provide education, but also to share the love of Christ with students as we guide them into brighter, hope-filled futures.


Areas of Focus

Since 2008 we have worked to reach children who are in need and disadvantaged.

On each school campus each morning we have prayer and Bible reading. The students also must read their Bible verses before coming to school. We also offer ethical education where students learn Biblical examples.

We provide high quality education across 3 school campuses–2 in Ziway and 1 in Adami Tulu. We educate students from Nursery through eighth grade.

Each student receives 2 nutritious meals every school day. This feeding program improves each student’s overall health, as well as provides them with the energy to be alert in the classroom and helps them perform well in their education.

Our home for vulnerable children currently houses 6 boys and 4 girls who have caring Ethiopian parents who provide them with a loving, secure family environment. Each child also receives medical care and education.

Stories and Updates

Ethiopia July 6

Look What Families Received in Ethiopia!

Thank you for loving children and families in Ethiopia through child sponsorships, giving, and praying.  We’re excited to show you what God is doing through you in Ethiopia— God continues to provide! With your help, we recently distributed food to over …Read More

December 9

A Christmas Invitation from the President

Gary Ringger is the President of Lifesong for Orphans. He writes –   Dear Fellow Orphan Advocate, Right now, the orphan crisis is just that: a crisis. With 153 million orphans and vulnerable children worldwide, the need to reach them …Read More

May 20

What Happened to Nollay?

If you’ve ever wondered what sponsorship can really do for a child in need, this is your answer. Here’s an update from one of our Ethiopia teammates, Shonda Dietz. . Ethiopia—so much poverty, so much devastation, so many hard things. …Read More

December 12

2018 Lifesong Year In Review

[. Your giving matters. Generous givers like you support children through global orphan care ministries, Christian adoption funding, and foster care initiatives. By God’s grace, here are some of the things we accomplished together in 2018: Global Orphan Care God …Read More

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