Name: Lydia Fitsu
Story: Lydia is 10 years old and lives with her mother and brother in a community called Korah. She’s going into the third grade this year and hopes to be a pilot when she grows up. Lydia’s father left their family about eight years ago and her mother washes clothes to provide for the family. Her favorite color is blue and she enjoys playing soccer with her friends.
Name: Abraham Mary
Story: Abraham is one year old and lives with his mother, Bizuayehu. She is the only one supporting the child, but she currently has no source of income. Abraham’s father used to work at the trash dump but also currently does not have work. Their home is located near the trash dump, but because of recent flooding, her home was highly affected by the water and is surrounded by a terrible odor. Abraham and his family are in need of new housing and food.
Name: Solomon (son of Fitfit)
Story: Solomon is in the fourth grade and wants to become an engineer when he grows up. He lives with his parents and his 16-year old sister. His mother suffers from HIV/Aids and the father has physical disabilities, limiting his ability to work. Their home was also recently affected by flooding in their village, and they are in need of new housing.
Name: Kalkidan and Tigist Tesfaye
Story: Kalkidan and Tigist Tesfaye are 5 year old twin sisters and they are both in kindergarten. Kalkidan’s dream is to become a teacher when she grows up and Tigist wants to become a doctor. They live in the Korah community with their mother, father, and older sister. We also recently learned that their mother, Selenat, is pregnant! Selenat has physical disabilities and uses crutches to walk around and their father is not working at this time. As a result, it is difficult for them to cover their expenses.
Name: Mahlet Gossa
Story: Mahlet Gossa is 12 years old and is in the fifth grade. Her dream is to become a doctor when she grows up. Mahlet has three sisters and two brothers, and they all live together in the Korah community. Her father, Gossa, collects firewood to sell and her mother fetches water for others to earn an income. This is how they provide for the family. Sponsorship will ensure that Mahlet and her family have their basic needs met.
Name: Mesfin Abebe
Story: Mesfin Abebe is nine years old and is in the second grade. His dream is to become an engineer when he grows up. Mesfin lives with his two brothers and his mother in the Korah community. His father left the family about seven years ago. His mother, Emebet, works in the trash dump area and sells used materials in order to provide for her family.
Name: Tangut Bidiglign
Story: Tangut is 27 years old. She was born in the countryside and came to Addis Ababa with her parents when she was 7 years old. Tangut has an epileptic disorder as well as mental problems. She sells lottery tickets to try and help meet her family’s basic needs since her parents are older in age and not working, but COVID-19 has prevented her from selling tickets in her community.
Name: Birke Negusse
Story: Birke lives with her grandmother in the Korah community. She used to work as a domestic house worker, but due to COVID-19, she has stopped her work. As a result, her grandmother begs so that they can afford necessities. Their home was recently affected by flooding in their community and they are in need of new housing.
Name: Kalkidan Yihune
Story: Kalkidan is 16-years old and she is in the 11th grade. She told us that she wants to be an engineer when she grows up. Kalkidan also has a younger sister named Yabsira, and their mother supports the two of them. Kalkidan’s father left the family when she was around six years old. Her mother suffers with ongoing health issues as a result of having HIV/AIDs. This family is considered a very high need, and this sponsorship will specifically cover the family’s house rent, as they have trouble paying it from month to month.
Name: Melat Melaku
Story: Melat Melaku is 14 years old and she is in the eighth grade. Her favorite subject is biology and she dreams of becoming a doctor when she grows up. Melat’s father died when she was about 7 months old and she is currently living with her grandmother. Her grandmother bakes and sells traditional bread to support the two of them.
Name: Mestawet Fikadu
Story: Mestawet is 21 years old and she is in the fourth grade. Mestawet’s dream is to become a doctor one day. She started school very late in life, so she is taking night classes and is expected to work at home during the day. She lost her father and is living with a relative in Addis Ababa. Mestawet also struggles with mental instability.
A Night In Korah
Videographer and storyteller, Ryan Daly, spends a night in Korah and documents his experience to share with the world. The people featured in this film are part of our ministry in Korah.