Name: Ethiopia Abebe
Story: Ethiopia is 16 years old and in 10th grade. She loves school and ranked in the top 10 students in her class. Ethiopia likes the color pink and playing jump rope with friends, and her favorite food is rice. When she is an adult, Ethiopia dreams of becoming a pilot! Ethiopia has lived in Addis Ababa with her aunt, Wossen, for the past 12 years, as her parents live in the village of Selale in the countryside. In her spare time, she likes reading books and helps her aunt with domestic choirs. Sponsorship will support her basic needs and educational aspirations.
Story: Wossen is a middle aged woman who spent her life working as a housemaid. She cleaned, washed clothing, and cooked for various families as well as the guest house until recently when she became very ill. Wossen first became sick 2 years ago and has visited the hospital several times. Doctors have told her she has very weak immune system and she was diagnosed with a uterus infection and diabetes after losing almost 30lb in a short period of time. Wossen is raising her 16 year old niece, Ethiopia, and is currently unable to work due to her illness. She needs assistance with meeting her basic needs and affording medical care.
Name: Eyerusalem Eshetu
Story: Eyerusalem Eshetu is 17 years old, and is a 1st year college student studying accounting. Her goal in life is to continue to pursue her education, and eventually she would like to study nursing so she can get a job as a nurse and support her mother. Eyerusalem lives with her mother, Adanech, and has two siblings. Her favorite color is blue, and in her spare time she helps her mother with household chores. Sponsorship would help meet her basic needs and support her educational aspirations.
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!
Name: Desta Degefu
Story: Desta Degefu estimates she is about 58 years, and is a single mother to 9 children. In the past Desta worked as a housemaid cleaning, washing clothes and cooking, a daily laborer carrying construction materials, and also worked as a cleaner for many years. Recently Desta fell coming home from work and was taken to the hospital were doctors informed her that she was suffering from cancer. She has since been on bed rest and is unable to work to support her children. Sponsorship would help Desta meet her family’s basic needs and help her afford medical care.
Story: Adanech is a 46 year old single mother and has three children. Her children’s education is very important to her, and she works to pay for their schooling. In the past she has worked as a daily laborer carrying and delivering construction materials, and also worked as a housemaid. Adanech has been living with HIV for past 12 years, and is doing better on medication, however she often suffers from throat and back pain that make working very difficult for her to manage. Sponsorship would help Adanech meet her basic needs, help her send her children to school, and help her afford the medical attention she needs.