Ethiopia - Paladino
Trip Dates:February 22 - March 4, 2018
Estimated Cost: $3100 - $3300
Team Leader: Audrey Paladino
Hi, my name is Audrey Paladino. My husband and I live in French Camp, MS, where we serve as house parents for children from struggling home situations. We have five children and have had over one hundred other young people live with us over the past ten years that we have been house parents.
I am passionate about caring for orphans and vulnerable children and sharing that calling with others. We first traveled to Ethiopia in 2012 and I left part of my heart there. I am excited to lead a team to experience first hand both the brokenness and beauty, that we may connect deeper with the heart of God and be moved to further action.
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 One Orphan teams visit and work to help provide education, resources, and support for the ongoing care provided by the orphanage staff.
* 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.