Name: Bilal Jemal
Story: Bilal Jemal is 12 years old and he is in the seventh grade. His favorite subject is English and he enjoys playing soccer. When he grows up, he wants to become a pilot. He lives with his mother, who supports the two of them by doing daily labor. Bilal’s mother shared that their biggest needs are currently food and house rent.
Name: Fikadu Heyru
Story: Fikadu is 16 years old and he is in the seventh grade. Fikadu lives with his mother and 14 year old sister. When Fikadu grows up, he wants to become an accountant. He shared that he also enjoys playing soccer. Fikadu’s father left the family when Fikadu was 7 years old, and since then his mother has been supporting them by washing clothes and baking bread. His mother struggles with health issues related to her heart from time to time. Fikadu is an outstanding student and works on the weekends to provide for his family.
Name: Dagim Bedelu
Story: Dagim Bedelu is 13 years old and he is in the seventh grade. He lives with his father and 15 year old brother. He shared that when he grows up, he wants to become an artist and enjoys sports as well, especially running. Dagim’s mother left the family when he was an infant because of constant quarreling with his father after he was born. Dagim’s father also struggles with an addiction to alcohol. Sponsorship will ensure that Dagim and his family’s basic needs are met, and will help he and his brother stay in school.
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.