Name: Samuel Shebru
Story: Samuel Shebru is 10 years old and in the fourth grade. He lives with his mother, father and two brothers. His mother sells cultural food in the local market to make a living and his father, Shiberu, works as a daily laborer. Samuel is the oldest and his brothers are 7 years old and 4 years old. Samuel’s parents income is not enough to provide for the family so they lack many of their basic needs. Sponsorship will ensure that these needs are met.
Name: Michot Habte (left)
Story: Michot is 14 years old and lives with her mother and three siblings. She is a very good student and is currently enrolled in private school. When she grows up, she wants to be a doctor and work for a nonprofit that treats patients for free. Michot’s father died many years ago from HIV/AIDS, and her mother is also HIV positive. Her mother works very hard to provide for the family.
Name: Adewa Dukemo
Story: Adewa is 7 years old and lives with his 80-year old grandmother, Tadesech, whom is blind. He is in the first grade and his favorite subject is math. He also loves playing soccer and wants to be a teacher when he grows up. His grandmother has two children but only one is living with her, and her son that is living with her struggles with mental illness. She also no longer works because of her age and disability, which makes this family highly dependent on sponsorship support.
Name: Tesfaye Gizaw
Story: Tesfaye Gizaw is 7 years old and in the second grade. He is the youngest of his three siblings. When he grows up, he wants to be a pilot because he loves seeing planes fly. He also shared that he loves playing soccer with his big brother. Tesfaye’s mother prepares a traditional food called Kocho but only makes 25 cents per day. Tesfaye’s father is a daily laborer but is currently not working because of COVID-19.
Name: Tesfaye Gutema
Story: Tesfaye is 62 years old and was born and raised in Yergalem, Ethiopia, seven hours south of the capital city of Addis. Tesfaye has four children and one grandchild, who all live with him. He has HIV/AIDs, which his wife also had and passed away from. He is the main provider for his four children and grandchild, and depends on sponsorship to support them. Your support ensures that he and his family have their basic needs met.
Name: Tayech Teklu
Story: Tayech is 14 years old and she was born outside of Yirg’alem. She is currently in the sixth grade and attends private school. Tayech hopes to be a doctor when she grows up. Her family lives in the town that she’s from, but while she was there she was forced into a marriage. Tayech was not interested in marrying at such a young age so she fled, and that is when she found Talita Rise Up. All of her expenses will be covered through sponsorship.
Name: Mulumebet Tesfaye
Story: Mulumebet is 24 years old and has suffered with mental problems since she was born. As a result, she is unable to stand or care for herself and depends on others to help her with daily tasks. We have provided a wheelchair for Mulumebet’s family and they use that to move her from place to place. Her older sister, Mamitu, is the only one that cares for her as their mother passed away two years ago. Mamitu makes and sells coffee at their front gate in order to provide for the two of them.