Name: Ayelech Lema
Story: Ayelech Lema is originally from the village of Ambo, and came to Addis to live with her uncle 20 years ago. Ayelech is now 35 years old and is raising her two children as a single mother as her husband left her 6 years ago. Haymanot G/Medhin, is 15 years old and in grade 9, and Hermela G/Medhin, is 12 years old and in grade 7. Hermela likes playing soccer with friends, her favorite subject in school is Amharic, she likes the color red, and dreams of becoming a doctor when she grows up. To support her children, Aylech washes clothes for other families to earn a small income.
Name: Merima Said
Story: Merima Said is originally from the village of Wollo in Northern Ethiopia, and came to Addis Ababa 20 years ago to find work. Merima’s son is Eyoub Thedi, who is 7 years old and in 1st grade. Eyoub’s favorite subject in school is environmental science, and when he grows up, he dreams of working in a bank as an accountant. He likes the color green and enjoys playing with other kids. Eyoub said he has 13 friends (8 of them are boys and 5 are girls), among them he has two best friends. To support the family Merima works washing clothes for other families to earn a small income.
Name: Genet Mulugeta
Story: Genet Mulugeta is originally from Showa Robit in Northern Ethiopia, and came to Addis Ababa 15 years ago to get an education. Her first husband, Assefa, passed away, and she was later remarried to Samson. Her children are Tsion Assefa, who is 9 years old and in 2nd grade, and Samrawit Samson, who is 3 years old. Tsion likes her Amharic class, the color pink, playing with toys, and dreams of becoming a clothing designer when she grows up. Genet washes clothes for other families to earn a small income, and occasionally begs on the street as well.
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: Genet Zerga
Story: Genet Zerga is a 30 years old mother of five. She is married to Fekede, who is 40 years old and works as daily laborer in the countryside. He often comes and visits the family. Woubalem Fekede, is 16 years old and in grade 4, Getabalew Fekede, is 12 years old and in grade 6, Lidiya Fekede, is 10 years old and in grade 1, Kalkidan Fekede, is 7 years old and in grade 1, and Yabsira Fekede, is 2 years old. Getabalew currently lives in the countryside with relatives, as the family could not support all the children. Genet has health problem related with MDR-TB and severe headaches. Despite her poor health she works to support the family by selling vegetables on the street.
Name: Yitbarek Ephrem
Story: Yitbarek Ephrem is 11 years old and in 5th grade. His father is Ephrem Getachew and his mother is Zewdinesh Fantahun. Yitbarek is an only child and lives with his father as his mother left the house a year ago after an argument with his father. Ephrem works as daily laborer and sometimes he comes home drunk. Yitbarek eats in his grandmother’s house and sometimes she packs lunch for him when his father gives her money for food. His favorite subject is civics, he likes the color is pink and playing soccer with friends at recess, and dreams of becoming a pilot someday.