ICCM Ethiopia began in 2001. ICCM has 5 schools (Arbegona, Shashemene, Jimma, Bita Genet, Alemtena) and 1 weekend program (the Addis Project) in Ethiopia. We have 2,566 students in school for this academic year. The Addis Project is an anti-trafficking initiative started in 2016 under the local church (Emanuel Light and Life Megenagna). 46 children participate weekly.

stories from ethiopia

Visiting Ethiopia

“Thank you” in Amharic is “Ameseginalew” something I learned on my visit to two schools (Jimma and Beta Genet) in Ethiopia this October. These schools are bringing change to their communities. The parents want their children enrolled in our ICCM schools because they provide quality affordable 

Ethiopia: They Yearn to Learn!

Ethiopia is home to five excellent ICCM schools. Children may be living in material poverty, but their educational environment is rich. One of those schools is at a crossroads, where desperate need meets tremendous opportunity. The town of Alem Tena, an hour or so from 

Changing Futures in Addis Abada

The streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, teem with children. They shine shoes, sell gum, and do whatever they can to survive. Unfortunately, these kids are vulnerable to traffickers. Child slavery is big business in Ethiopia, where almost 400,000 people, mostly women, and children, are held 

facts about ethiopia

Languages: Oromo (official working language in the State of Oromiya) 33.8%, Amharic (official national language) 29.3%, Somali (official working language of the State of Sumale) 6.2%, Tigrigna (Tigrinya) (official working language of the State of Tigray) 5.9%, Sidamo 4%, Wolaytta 2.2%, Gurage 2%, Afar (official working language of the State of Afar) 1.7%, Hadiyya 1.7%, Gamo 1.5%, Gedeo 1.3%, Opuuo 1.2%, Kafa 1.1%, other 8.1%, English (major foreign language taught in schools), Arabic (2007 est.)

Religions: Ethiopian Orthodox 43.5%, Muslim 33.9%, Protestant 18.5%, traditional 2.7%, Catholic 0.7%, other 0.6% (2007 est.)

Population: 105,350,020 (July 2017 est.)

Median Age: 17.9 years (2017 est.)

Literacy: (age 15 and over can read and write) Total: 49.1%, Male: 57.2%, Female: 41.1% (2015 est.)

School life expectancy: Total: 8, Males: 9, Females: 8 (2012)

Percentage below poverty level 29.6% (2014 est.)