Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in all of Africa. As of 2014 there were approximately 94 million people in Ethiopia, a country twice the size of Texas. Much of Ethiopia is still in the midst of great poverty and it is estimated by some that the literacy rate of Ethiopia is only 43 percent with females currenlty leading in that category. It is also estimated that as many as 80 percent of people living within the countryside of Ethiopia are illiterate and have very little access to school or any educational tools. The absence of sufficient government budget dollars toward education combined with child labor and child marriage have made growing up in Ethiopia very challenging for any young woman.
Many children are forced into the growing capital city with the hope of finding work or perhaps education to help eleviate poverty. This has caused a huge number of displaced, trafficked or orphaned children. Children are very vulnerable in Ethiopia due to short life expectancy of parents or caregivers. There are 4.5 million orphans within a population of 94 million. An orphan is defined as a child under the age of 18 whose parents have both died due to disease, war, famine or drought.