Mengistu is one of 8 children. The family live in a rural area, 20 Km from Lalibela. The family live by subsistence farming. Mengistu is the first of the family to get a place in grade 9.
All of his 5 older siblings are at home. There is no money to support Mengistu at school in Lalibela.
It has been agreed that we will give the required support. He will get 500 Birr (£25) per month and two, performance related, incentive bonuses, paying up to 250 Birr each.