Ethiopia - Ho / Bruce

Trip Dates:

November 10 - 20, 2017

Estimated Cost:  $3,200*
Team Leader(s):  Erica Ho and Ashley Bruce

With a population of over 91 million people, there is an assorted collection of food, languages, customs and people groups. Ethiopia also contains a diverse landscape, including parts of the Nile River and the Great Rift Valley. As an East African landlocked country, Ethiopia is bordered by Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, Eritrea, and Djibouti.

Ethiopia, an ancient Christian nation, has deep-rooted Ethiopian Orthodox customs and practices. The Judaic-Christian roots of Ethiopia can be found in both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Today, about half the population of Ethiopia is Christian. 

Ethiopia is a country that is about twice the size of Texas has an estimated 4.3 million orphans. The children are primarily orphaned due to poverty, and live in both government-run and privately established orphanages. The need is great in Ethiopia. There are many, many children in need of families, however many of them will not get the opportunity to be adopted because they are not documented for international adoption. 

America World partners with many orphanages in Ethiopia. It is at these orphanages that our Storyteller teams visit and work to help provide education, resources, and support for the ongoing care provided by the orphanage staff. 

Erica Ho works as the communication coordinator for One Orphan and America World. She has been traveling to Ethiopia and other parts of Africa for many years now and loves to share her passion for elevating the standard of care for children in orphanage settings.

Ashley Bruce traveled to Ethiopia last year for the first time and her heart was ignited with an unrelenting passion to ensure that children everywhere know that they are loved and cherished. She has planned, given and advocated non-stop since returning and is excited to co-lead her first trip and share that passion and excitement with others. 


*This is a general estimate of the overall trip cost per person. The costs are all-inclusive and intended to cover all traveling expenses, including international airfare. Our missions staff work diligently to keep the trip costs as low as possible.