Name: Dawit Ashenafi
Story: Dawit is in kindergarten and loves playing soccer. His dream is to play for Manchester United one day. Dawit lives with his parents and 17-year old brother in plastic housing. His father, Ashenafi, works as a daily laborer and his mother, Tigist, washes clothes when she gets the chance. They lack all basic home supplies and are in serious need of sponsorship.
Name: Bereket Nigusse
Story: Bereket is 5 years old and in kindergarten. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up and loves to play soccer with his friends. Bereket lives with his mother, Tsega, and 3-year old sister in a very tiny one-room house that they share with five other people. They rent a small part of the room in order to cut down on rent costs. Bereket’s mother relies on begging to provide the basic needs of her children.
Name: Fasica Tsegaye
Story: Fasica is 3 years old and lives with her mother and four siblings. She told us she enjoys playing with her siblings. Fasica’s father left the family two years ago, making their living conditions very difficult. Fasica’s mother, Demek, washes clothes when she gets the chance but often relies on begging to provide for the family.
Name: Sifan Ahmed
Story: Sifan is 3 years old and currently not in school. Her mother, Swedi, shared that Sifan often suffers from seizures which requires her to be home full-time to watch after her. Sifan’s father left the family and does not support them. Sifan and her mother live in a very small space and often go without their basic necessities being met. Sponsorship would provide their basic needs, such as food and house rent.
Name: Yonas Fetene
Story: Yonas is in the 10th grade and wants to become a tour guide when he grows up. He loves to read and his favorite subjects are history and geography. He is a very bright student and hopes to continue getting a good education. Yonas lives with his mother, Sinknesh, and two siblings. Sinknesh collects trash from other homes to earn an income. Yonas’ father left the family many years ago and does not support them.
Name: Zewdnesh Welde
Story: Zewdnesh is 45 years old and a single mom. She has one daughter who doesn’t live with her, but she supports her in college. Zewdnesh has worked as house maid and as cleaner. She currently suffers from a variety of health problems including a uterus infection, extreme back ache and leg pain, as well as a skin allergy. She is not currently working because of her leg pain.
Name: Fosea Shamel
Story: Fosea is 28 years old and was recently hospitalized to remove kidney stones, and was able to utilize the ministry’s medical fund through sponsorship to cover all of her hospital bills. She lives in the Chirkos community with her sweet daughter, Hayat. Hayat’s father, Mustefa, does not live with the family, but he comes to visit her occasionally. Hayat is too young for school, but enjoys playing with friends and her mom!