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Ekklesia Oromia

Overview

Based in the United States of America, Ekklesia Oromia is a non-profit Christian organization registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State in Minnesota statutes, chapter 317A USA. Ekklesia Oromia has a holistic mission to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the vulnerable communities in Bojjii Western Oromia and surrounding communities. The organization seeks to serve orphans, widows, the disabled and elderly by identifying potential relationships and establishing partnerships with faith-based organizations locally and internationally.

According to UNICEF, Ethiopia counts as one of the largest populations of orphans in the world: 13 percent of children throughout the country are missing one or both parents. This represents an estimated 4.6 million children—800,000 of whom were orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

According to the World Widows Report (2015) by The Loomba Foundation, there were close to 2.5 million widows in Ethiopia.

A study from the Bojjii office of administration reveals that, in the focus area of Bojjii alone, there are 439 elders (above age 60), 884 orphans and 65 children with disabilities without sufficient services and assistance.

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The Town of Billaa

The town of Billaa, situated in the woreda (district) of Bojjii, is located in the rural region of Oromia, Ethiopia. In 1861, this vibrant market place was formed by land owners as a sealing and buying place for their agricultural products. Based on Billaa municipality documentation, the name given to the market place was based on the name of a landowner in the area and the tall grasses that covered the region, widely known as Billaa. In the years to come, like any other woreda town, Billaa’s population transformed based on socio-economic, cultural and political conditions. The population of the city is currently estimated at 21,590. Over 75% of the population are young people, hence offering both challenges and opportunities for growth and development in the region. In the district of Bojjii, there are currently over 400 elders (above the age of 60), 884 orphans and 65 children with disabilities in need of service and assistance.

“Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.” (Isaiah 58:12)

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