The Yetebon community is located in the Gurage Zone in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. It is about 87 miles (140 km) southwest of Addis Ababa. Yetebon is situated in the highlands at an altitude of 8000 feet.
The total population of the surrounding area is approximately 70,000 people. The majority of people are Muslim—roughly 95 percent. Farming is the primary occupation of the people, producing mostly maize, wheat, sorghum and enset. The two cash crops are pepper and chat.
The families in the community are very poor. In fact, as of 1993, most households earn less than 50 USD per year and were in living conditions that put them in danger of contracting diseases. As of 2011, many of the households yearly income had raised to $300USD per year due to Project Mercy's significant development in many areas of need.
According to a survey we conducted in 2004, almost 78 percent of the families did not have access to clean drinking water and obtained it from unprotected rivers, wells, and springs. Currently there is a Water Project underway that has the potential of supplying 30,000 people with clean drinking water via area spigots.
There are less than a quarter of the households have latrines. Additionally, many households share their living quarters with domestic animals, causing the spread of zoonotic diseases.
We have an expanded Dairy Cattle Breeding Program in Cha Cha, Ethiopia and are working in constructing family based homes for orphans in Legatafo, Ethiopia.