Flying south into Ethiopia from Europe, travelers will see the Ethiopian Highlands, the largest continuous elevated area in Africa, called the Roof of Africa. The Simien Mountain National Park is highlighted by the majestic 14,928 foot Ras Dashan, sometimes snow covered.
The Danakil Depression, a sand dune desert near the Eritrean and Djibouti border, is one of the hottest and lowest places in the world, almost like being on another planet. Lucy fossils, dating back 3.2 million years, were located in this region.
Addis Ababa is the capital and home to 4 million+ active residents. It is the headquarters for the UN in Ethiopia. It is regarded as the "political capital" of Africa. Addis Ababa is a growing, exciting, and captivating city.
Ethiopia is returning to prominence after dark and sad days with two invasions and the Communist Derg revolt. National leadership is dedicated to rapid renewal, while keeping Ethiopia the safest nation in Africa.
Billions of coffee lovers enjoy the fruits of the coffee bean that originated in Ethiopia in 850 A.D. Lucy, the most complete human ancestor skeletal remains over 3.2 million years old, indicates that Ethiopia is the beginning of humankind.
Axum is a city in northern Ethiopia that was the original capital of the kingdom of Axum. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in Africa. Axum was a naval and trading power that ruled the region from about 400 B.C. into the 10th century.
According to the head of the World Bank's Global HIV/AIDS Program, Ethiopia has 1 medical doctor for every 100,000 people. The majority of the communicable diseases originates from poor sanitation and malnutrition.
About 96,000,000 citizens call Ethiopia their home and 90% live in rural areas earning a meager income. Rural farmers are totally dependant on precipitation and natural events.
Ethiopia has 84 indigenous languages. The quality of education varies. Today, rural education is regionlized, having the children learn their regional language. Some children may never progress from elementary school.
Ethiopia’s population of about 96,000,000 ranks it 14th in the world. Located in the Horn of Africa, its "land locked" territory is the 27th largest in the world, slightly less than twice the size of Texas.
With only 13% arable land and agriculture representing 90% of total employment, the H.A.P.P.Y. foundation will blend its focus on water and education, especially for rural programs. Our schools teach farming, nutrition, and sanitation.
Nearly 65% the population are Christians, about 34% are Muslims and others adhere to an ancient form of Judaism. Harar is the fourth most holy Muslim site in the world.
Almost 3000 years ago, the Queen of Sheba arrived in Jerusalem, bringing gold, spices and precious stones to give to King Solomon. King Solomon wooed the Queen and their son, Menelik, became the future king of Abyssinia (Ethiopian Empire).
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