Barefoot Scholars Presentation 04292010 Event

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Barefoot Scholars Presentation 04292010 Event

  1. 1. Barefoot Scholars 1
  2. 2. WHAT IS CNEWA? About CNEWA Catholic Near East Welfare Association is a 501 (c) (3) corporation and an agency of the Holy See that provides humanitarian and pastoral support to the churches and peoples of the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe. CNEWA works with and through the churches of the East to build the church, help the poor and promote understanding, justice and peace. All our work is grounded in the vision that we are believers in one God, citizens of one world, members of one human family. Although we’re a Catholic agency, we serve all people, regardless of religion. Our only criterion in need not creed. Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, CNEWA continues its special mission under the guidance of Pope Benedict XVI. 2
  3. 3. Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most ancient Christian countries and one of the world’s poorest 3
  4. 4. Ethiopia ranks 105 out of 109 countries on the UNDP Poverty Index 4
  5. 5. Second most populous country 2005 Population in sub-Saharan Africa 5
  6. 6. 85.2 million 2008 Population 6
  7. 7. 39 million Population under 18, in 2004 7
  8. 8. Average Life Expectancy is 53 years of age 8
  9. 9. 38% of the population lives below the basic need poverty line 9 9
  10. 10. Close to 78% of the population subsist with less than $2/day 10
  11. 11. Only 12% of the population has use to improved drinking water sources 11
  12. 12. Ethiopia ranks in the bottom fifth of the United Nation’s 2008 Education Index 12
  13. 13. Only 55% of girls attend primary school vs. 75% of boys 13
  14. 14. Only 42% of boys attend high school 14
  15. 15. Only 25% of girls attend high school 15
  16. 16. Only 27% of students have access to a secondary preparatory school within 5 mile radius.
  17. 17. Ethiopian children walk for miles in bare feet to attend school 17
  18. 18. Education is the best tool to combat poverty
  19. 19. When a child goes to school, there’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to improve his/her life and help his/her family & community 19
  20. 20. How can you help? Take the CNEWA matching challenge. 20
  21. 21. Build a School for Barefoot Scholars Your Gift Will be Matched Dollar-for-Dollar 21

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