Name: Abebech Habte
Story: Abebech Habte is a 40 year old widow, and is raising her three children as a single mother. To support her family she works collecting and selling firewood, as well as making and selling injera in the village. Abebech is living with HIV/AIDS in Yirgalem, and is able to live in a government house because of it. She lives there with her three children, Sina, 17 years old, Wondu, 14 years old, and Michat, 9 years old.
Name: Ingita Seyum
Story: Ingita is 14 years old and in 4th grade. He likes playing soccer with friends at recess and when he has free time after school. Currently his favorite color is white. He is enjoying his English class in school this year, and when he grows up, Ingita dreams of becoming a doctor! Ingita lives in Yirgalem with his mother, Hana, and 10 year old little brother, Erasa. His father, Seyum, often gets drunk and stays away from the home for periods of time, but does still live with them. At this time, the family is solely dependent on sponsorship for support.
Name: Tamiru Chute
Story: Tamiru Chute is 40 years old, and was born with a phyical disability that requires him to use a wheelchair for mobility. He is married to Wogene Sansaro who is 30 years old, and they have three children: Genene Tamiru 14 years old and in 3rd grade, Tekalign Tamiru, 10 years old and in 1st grade, and Yihune Tamiru, who is 8 months old. To earn an income for their family, Tamiru polishes shoes and his wife works as domestic house worker, cleaning and washing clothes.
Name: Shiwida Kabiso
Story: Shiwida is about 40 years old, and contracted Polio as a child, which left her crippled and dependent on a cane. She never married, but is raising sisters Asnakech Seyum, 13 years old, and Kidist Seyum, 8 years old, for a family member who lives in a rural village. Asnakech is in 6th grade, and Kidist is in 2nd. To support the girls Shiwida braids hair and sells firewood and charcoal in the village.
Name: Kasech Katema
Story: Kasech is 12 years old and in 4th grade. She lives in Yirgalem with her brother, Tekile, 11 years old and in 4th grade, and sister, Hibrer, who is 9 years old and in 2nd grade. The children lost their parents around 6 years ago due to poor health. Their parents had sever wounds on their bodies that were infected, ultimately resulting in their death. Kasech and her siblings are currently living with their aunt, Aster Kawiso.