Fact: Ethiopia’s economy is based on agriculture in which accounts for 45% of the GDP and 85% of employment. Due to frequent drought and poor cultivation practices the economy tends to be unstable, as are the jobs of those that work in this sector.
Source: CIA The World Factbook
Fact: In Djibouti, a country with a population over 724,622 people, a mere 13,000 are recorded as internet users.
In the United States, with a population of about 307,212,123, there are 231,000,000 people able to access and utilize the world wide web.
Fact from CIA-The World Factbook
Fact: In Thika District 61% of orphans and vulnerable children live below the poverty line.
Staying away from the streets can be very difficult for many of these children due to the lack of uniforms,scholar materials and food needed to attend school. Sadly, majority of young girls are used as sex objects increasing risks of being infected with HIV while boys are used as drug traffickers.
Fact found from betterplace.org.
On March 6th we hosted our first ever fund raising dinner in Nairobi, Kenya. A unique message was prepared and presented by LIA President Dr. Florence Muindi and our documentary film ‘This is my Home’ was shown giving a glimpse into the reality of our ministry.
The keynote speaker for the evening was none other than His Excellency Daniel Arap Moi, 2nd President of Kenya. We are thankful for his encouraging words, time and thoughtful endorsement of our mission!
The President drew much media activity and we are excited to share a clip from Kenya Television Network covering the evening. The translations for the clip can be found below.
Thank you to the guests of this transformational evening, for your partnership and support of LIA. We also want to thank former President Daniel Arap Moi for his presence and message shared at our event.
LIFE IN ABUNDANCE INTERNATIONAL GATHERING DINNER-NAIROBI
“MOI ON TOGETHERNESS”: MARCH 08, 2010
Reporter: Retired President Daniel Arap Moi talking at a fund raising gathering dinner insisted to the Kenyans and Africa in general not to look unto people who do not deeply recognize their problems to seek solutions. He said to do that, is same as African continent being unable to cater for its responsibilities.
Moi: Most often Africans behave as if they expect sympathy from someone somewhere. We have a lesson today that an African scholar (Dr. Florence Muindi – LIA President) can abandon a promising career and rise to her feet.
Reporter: He said the steps to help those less fortunate in life and the sick is important. He praised the efforts of that organization (LIA) to help in areas of health, noting that the fight against HIV and Aids and food hunger is important though young people loose direction in today’s life.
Moi: I can not say there is a shortage of good people in this world. But I can say, there is a shortage of people who are willing to inspire and encourage others.
Reporter: Ret. President Moi asked the main donors of that organization (LIA) to reflect on putting their headquarters in the country (Kenya).
Moi: Because this is an African driven initiative. It is only fair that Nairobi becomes the headquarters.
Reporter: The celebration took place in one of the hotels here in Nairobi.
Fact: In the rural settings of Sudan it is estimated that only 64% of people have access to an improved water source, and only 24% of the population have access to improved sanitation facilities.
Considering the necessity of water fo not only for drinking but many other daily activities, as well as the fact that lacking sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection, these two percentages represent very serious issues facing the Sudanese people.
Facts found from Rural Poverty Portal and Water.org.
It’s the people, the smells and the sounds. It’s the community. It’s the uncomfortable nature of being in unfamiliar territory. But what probably sticks in everyone’s mind the most are the people. There is something very special and personal about seeing the ministry of LIA in action.
When you visit the communities where we serve, you will have an opportunity to have powerful encounters with people who live 8,000 miles away from your home. There are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that you have to just sit, listen and be with people who live in unimaginable circumstances, sometimes visiting in their own homes.
The reality is that most of us will not have the opportuntiy to have experiences like these. So, we concluded that the next best option is to bring these experiences to you, rather than having you go to them!
Having made this realization what followed was our first documentary film, “This is My Home” which takes you into the lives of two former street children and one young girl who is trying her best to stay away from the harsh life on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. If you haven’t purchased this movie, I’d encourage you to do so today and host a showing with your family and friends.
Today, it is my great pleasure to announce our second documentary film project that will focus on church-based micro-enterprise initiatives in the largest slum south of the Sahara, Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. This project, in conjunction with our most recent press release, illuminates the conditions in Kibera and the plans we have begun to implement through some of the local churches in the community.
In April, a team of ‘creatives’ (professionally creative people) are volunteering their time, energy and talent again to help LIA tell the personal stories. These stories just wouldn’t be heard if you don’t visit our communities.
The cost of our first documentary was funded entirely by people who wanted to hear the voices of the people in Merkato, Ethiopia. We are hopeful that you will partner with us in the making of this second film. In the spirit of the first film we ask you for a donation of $10 or more and you will actually get your name in the credits of the movie. In addition you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are serving to empower some of Africa’s poorest communities.
To help us tell the story this time we will be taking friend and author Kelsey Timmerman with us. Check out the film’s donate page to learn more about his decision to partner with us as well as how he will spend his time in the Kibera community.
We are excited to have the opportunity to yet again embark on a story that will hopefully transform the hearts of viewers, highlighting both the overwhelming need as well as the underlying hope and faith these beautiful people display.
We invite you to come see community in a new way.
Go to www.heldhostagebyapathy.com and donate today.
Fact: 43% of Children in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have safe, accessible drinking water.
For example, in the Kibera, Kenya community drinking water is typically pumped through metal and broken plastic pipes alongside sewage and trenches.