Addis Birara

2018 Age 18

Addis is from a poor farming family in Galasot which is a small village about 35 Km from Lalibela. It is a family of 8 boys. The oldest 6 boys have not had education and all work as farmers. Addis is in grade 10 at secondary school in Lalibela.  He scored good marks in grade 9. His ambition is to study medicine.

It has been agreed to support him with 700 Birr per month.

Birhan Zewdu

2018 Aged 21

Birhan is from Bilbala, 30 Km. from Lalibela. He has 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He is the middle child. His parents divorced when he was 5 years old. The father gives no support and the mother doesn’t keep well and cannot work. Birhan had a year out of school due to financial problems. The school then offered support with uniform and school materials.

He has now reached Bahir Dar University and has completed first year of a degree in civil Engineering. He is struggling financially at University and is asking for help. He passed the school national exams with ‘great distinction’ and has passed his first exams at University ‘First class with distinction’.

It has been agreed to support him with 700 Birr per month.

Hana Bedru

2018 Age 20

Hana lived in Addis Ababa but when her father died, 6 years ago, the family moved to Lalibela. She has 1 brother and 2 sisters. All the children attend school. Her mother works as a daily labourer and struggles to support all the family. Often, they go to school without having had any food.

Hana has been finding it financially difficult at University. Hana is studying Textile Engineering at Bahir Dar University and is now in her second year.

She relies on her friends in the dormitory giving her old clothes and materials for University. It has been agreed to support her with 700 Birr per month.

Tadiso Fentaw

2018 Aged 20

Tadiso is from the village of Degosach and is disabled from the waist down. He started his education in the village and after grade 2 moved to Lalibela.

He passed his grade 10 national exams with ‘very great distinction’. He is now in grade 12 in the preparatory school and hopes to go to University next year. It has been agreed to support him with 700 Birr per month.

Yirga Habte

2018 Age 13

Yirka is the 4th. of 5 children. There are 8 people in the house—5 children +parents +grandfather. They had a farm in a village called Lewz, close to Lalibela. The government took a lot of the land and the farm is now too small to support the family.

They were given compensation, but this is now all gone. The older children have had no education. They work on the land and as daily labourers when the work is available. Yirka sometimes must miss school if work is available for him. He wants our help to stay in the education system.

He was ranked 2, in his class, in the grade 4 exams. He is now in grade 5. It has been agreed to support him with 700 Birr per month.

Zuriash Abebe

2018 Aged 15

Zuriash’s parents are divorced and the father gives the family no support. The mother works as a daily labourer. There are 9 staying in the house. Zuriash is obviously very clever and has an ambition to study medicine.

She is now in grade 9 at the High school in Lalibela.

It has been agreed to support her with 700 Birr per month.

Mulugeta Seteye

2017 Aged 20

Mulugeta is from a very poor family in the village of Dibuko. He is one of 8 children. His father is a farmer and, when young, he helped his father with the animals. There was no money to support his education and he moved to Lalibela in order to find work as a labourer. The money he made supported him and his education.

In the grade 10 national exams, he scored straight As and was awarded a certificate of very great distinction.  Teachers at the preparatory school helped him through grades 11 and 12 by giving him pens, paper and often buying him a cup of coffee or tea. He did well in the grade 12 national exams and is now studying engineering at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology.

It has been agreed to support him with 600 birr per month.

Mengistu Yiman

2017 Aged 17

Mengistu is from the village of Erfa, 35 Km from Lalibela. He is one of 7 children. His family are subsistence farmers. The reason I came to Ethiopia was to help start a school in the village of Erfa. Mengistu was a student in the very first grade 1. Without a school in the village, Mengistu probably wouldn’t have accessed any education and would have lived his life as a farmer. He is now in Lalibela, in grade 12, and hopes to go to university next year. He walks home every weekend and brings food back to keep him for the week.

He needs money to pay for a rent room while at school. It has been agreed to support him with 600 birr per month.

Birhanu Hailu Demissie

2017 Aged 18

Birhanu is from a small village called Debuko. His family are subsistence farmers and have no money to support him. He has gone through the school system by working as a labourer when not at school. In the grade 10 National exams, he scored straight ‘A’s and was awarded his certificate with ‘very Great Distinction’. He did exceptionally well in his grade 12 National exams and has now started studying Anaesthesia at Gonder University

Hiwot Mulugeta Yalew

2016 Aged 20

Hiwot has completed her first year at Axum University where she is studying Marketing Management.

Her parents were both soldiers in the Ethiopian/ Eritrean war, where her father was killed and her mother was disabled.

Her mother is unable to give her any support at University and she has struggled to manage during her first year.

She is now in her 2nd. Year of study.

It has been agreed to support her with 600 Birr per month.

Adna Habtu Amare

2016 Aged 20

Adna is the eldest of 8 children. Her parents live in the countryside, are very poor, but are committed to ensuring that their children are educated.

Adna is very clever and achieved an excellent mark in her grade 12 national exams. 

She has started in her first year at Debere Markos University where she is studying Economics.

It has been agreed to support her with 600 Birr per month.

Anguach Fentie Wessen

2016 Aged 20

Anguach’s father died when she was a grade 5 student. Her mother lives in the countryside 45 Km. from Lalibela, is very poor and tries hard to support her 3 daughters.

Anguach moved to Lalibela to continue her studies into grade 9. She worked in a bar at night  to earn money but was hassled by some of the men and changed to working as a labourer when it was not school time.

She scored well in her grade 12 national exams and has now started studying Engineering at Jijiga University.

It has been agreed to support her with 600 Birr per month.

Tadesse Birhanu Engidaw

2016 Aged 25

Tadesse has an ambition to be a lawyer.

He is from the countryside and it takes him 2 days to walk home from Lalibela. His mother recently died and his father is 81, very poor and unable to give Tadesse support.

Tadesse did well in his grade 12 national exams and is now in his first year at Semera University where he is studying accounting.

It has been agreed to support him with 600 Birr per month.

Tilaye Biset Hailu

2016 Aged 19

Tilaye is from Shimsha, 10 Km. from Lalibela. His parents are subsistence farmers and are very poor.

He did very well in his grade 12 national exams and is now in his first year studying Veterinary Medicine at Mekele University.

It has been agreed to support him with 600 Birr per month.

Getahun Fentaw Mequint

2016 Aged 23

Getahun is from Gelesot, 36 Km. from Lalibela. His parents are very poor subsistence farmers and there are 8 in the family.

Getahun lives in a rent home in Lalibela. In his free time he works as a labourer and does some teaching with other pupils in order to survive.

He was given an application form by Tefera, chairman of the Lalibela committee, and didn’t hand it in. When asked why not in, the school was wanting 50 birr to give him his results and he didn’t have 50 birr. Tefera gave him the money!

He passed grade 10 with great distinction and was first in his class in grade 11. He is now in grade 12.

It has been agreed to support him with 600 Birr per month.

Tibebu Amha Mengistu

2016 Aged 20

Tibebu is from a village called Shallo, 38 Km. from Lalibela.

His parents both don’t keep well and can’t give any help. He is the first of the 8 children to reach grade 11. He lived with his grandmother but she has recently died and he is struggling to manage at school.

He passed grade 10 with very great distinction and was first in his class in the grade 11 exam. He is now in grade 12.

His ambition is to be a politician and change the face of Ethiopia!

It has been agreed to support him with 600 Birr per month.

Saleamlak Bisetegn Adane

2016 Aged 18

The Lalibelan committee flagged Saleamlak as from a very poor family.

He is an only child, his father died 11 years ago and his mother tries to manage by working as a labourer when the work is available.

He passed grade 10 national exams with great distinction and was first in his class in the grade 11 exams. He is now in grade 12.

It has been agreed to support him with 600 Birr per month.

Mareg Abebe Fentie

2016 Aged 18

Mareg is from Erfa, 35 Km. from Lalibela. His parents are subsistence farmers and have no money to give him support.

He lives in a rent house in Lalibela and works as a labourer in his free time in order to survive.

He was third in his class in grade 11 and is now in grade 12.

It has been agreed to support him with 600 Birr per month.