Name: Beza Anja
Story: Beza Anja is 4 years old and lives with her mother and 2 year old brother. She likes the color green and says that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Beza’s mother is the main provider of the family, but due to an accident when she was younger her hand is paralyzed, making it difficult to work. Beza’s father passed away years ago, also adding to the family’s hardships. The family pays around $14/month for house rent and they lack all basic needs. Sponsorship ensures that Beza and her family’s basic needs are met.
Name: Meron Like
Story: Meron Like is 12 years old and she is in the fifth grade. Her dream is to become a doctor and her favorite subject is civics. She shared that she loves jumping rope with friends. Meron lives with her mother and 7-year old brother on Entoto Mountain. Her mother is the main supporter of the family as the father no longer lives with them. She weaves to support the family, but it is not enough to cover their main living expenses.
Name: Fikerte Addisu
Story: Fikerte Addisu is 8 years old and she is in the first grade. She wants to become a doctor when she grows up. She lives with her mother, father, and two little brothers. Her father, Addisu, has physical disabilities and walks using crutches. As a result he does not work. Fikerte’s mother used to make a living washing clothes, but it is now difficult due to having little children to watch. The family lacks daily food and the basic living necessities.
Name: Natnael Surafel
Story: Natnael is 16 years old and lives with his mother and four siblings. His nickname is Nahome. Natnael is currently in the tenth grade and his favorite subject is amharic. His desire is to become a soccer player when he grows up. Until then, he has a deep desire to work so that he can help out his mother. Sponsorship ensures that Natnael and his family’s basic needs are met.
Name: Tsion Muluken
Story: Tsion Muluken is five years old and lives with her mother, Tigest. She hasn’t started school yet, but shared that she wants to become a teacher when she grows up. Her favorite thing to do in her free time is swing. Tsion’s mother is the main provider of the family, as her father no longer lives with them. Tsion has an arm and leg that are paralyzed, so she requires extra care from her mother. Because of this, her mother finds it hard to find work.
Name: Getasetegn Abera
Story: Getasetegn is 8 years old and he is in the first grade. He lives with his mother and two siblings on Entoto Mountain. Getasetegn’s dream is to become a policeman when he grows up. His favorite color is green and he enjoys playing with toy cars. His mother is the main supporter of the family as the father no longer lives with them. She works as a daily laborer but it is not enough to cover their main living expenses. She also has health problems making it difficult for her to work.
Name: Habtamu Sisay
Story: Habtamu Sisay is 9 years old. He is currently in the third grade and his favorite subject is English. Habtamu’s dream is to become an engineer when he grows up. He also mentioned that his favorite sport is soccer. Habtamu lives with his father and four siblings (3 older brothers and one younger sister) on Entoto Mountain. Habtamu’s father weaves in order to support the family, but does not make enough to cover their daily expenses.
Name: Shewalem Enda
Story: Shewalem Enda is an elderly woman that lives on Entoto Mountain with her two children. She settled there in order to get access to “holy water” from the local orthodox church for her daughter, Meselech, who they believe has a mental problem. Meselech is 25 years old. Shewalem also has a 16 year old daughter and 19 year old son that live with them. Shewalem is the main caretaker for all three children as her husband has passed away, and she struggles to provide for their expenses.