Demeke Tesfaw Adera

2016 Aged 19

Demeke is from the countryside, 30 Km. from Lalibela.

His parents are subsistence farmers and have no money to support him. They are against him continuing at school and want him to return to work on the land. He has 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

He passed grade 10 with very great distinction and was second in his class in the grade 11 exams.

He is now in grade 12 and has ambition to be a doctor.

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

Chernet Getaye Mekuanint

2016 Aged 19

His mother died when he was born and his father died when he was a young child.

He works as a labourer while trying to continue his education.

He reached grade 11 where he was 3rd. in his class. He is now in grade 12.

He has an ambition to be an investigative journalist.

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

Getachew Zemene

2016 Aged 21

Habtamu, from the committee, gave Getachew a lift into Lalibela and heard all his problems. Habtamu suggested that he apply for support.

He is from Erfa. His father died when he was 10 and his mother struggles to survive. He has had to fight to stay in the education system as his mother wants him back home to work on the land.

He has an ambition to be an engineer. He is in grade 10 and was 2nd. in his class. He was successful in gaining a place in grade 11 and our support has meant he can accept the place.

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

Tigist Adnew Guday

2016 Aged 15

Tigist’s parents are alive but are old and very poor. 

She washes clothes for a family in order to make money and gets paid 200 birr per month. She is now finding it difficult to do this work as she needs to spend more time studying.

She was 1st. in her class in the grade 9 exams and is now in grade 10.

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

Rahel Birhanu

2016 Aged 13

This girl has been identified as having a lot of family problems and no help.

Her parents are divorced. Her father was badly wounded in the war with Eritrea, has no work, has remarried and has no contact with his previous family.

Rahel, her mother and younger brother live with the 84 year old grandfather in Lalibela. Her mother is uneducated and has been unable to find work.

She was 12th in her grade 6 exams. The committee feel she could do much better if she got our support.

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

Betelhem Debash Wbetie

2016 Aged 18

Betelhem is the sister of Bimrew. Both have to use wheelchairs. They both applied last year and we accepted Bimrew but not Betelhem. They are orphans and still live in the gift shop in return for looking after the shop. 

The money to Bimrew has made a big difference to their lives. Money to Betelhem would let them rent their own house.

Betelhem has an ambition to become a nurse and help those in the same position as her. She was 12th. in her class in the grade 5 exams and is now in grade 6.

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

Yohannes Shambel

YOHANNES-SHAMBEL-20152015 Age 8

Yohannes is an orphan and was found living on the streets in Lalibela.

A deacon of the church has taken him into his home but doesn’t have the money to support him as well as his own family.

It has been agreed to give 600 Birr per month to the deacon as support for Yohannes.

Yohannes has now started in grade 1 and we will hopefully be supporting him for many years.

Bimrew Debash Wbetie

BIMREW-DEBASH-WBETIE-20152015 Age 12

Bimrew and his sister are orphans in Lalibela. They were living on the streets but now have accommodation at night in a gift shop in return for looking after the shop during the day.

Both Bimrew and his sister use wheelchairs. It is thought that they both had polio at a young age.

Bimrew is now in grade 6.

It has been agreed to give Bimrew 600 Birr per month. This money will also help to support his sister.

Bizuye Tsegaw

BIZUYE-TSEGAW-20152015 Age 15

Bizuye was born in the countryside, 25 Km. From Lalibela.

When she was 9 years old she moved into Lalibela town and has been working as a servant since then. She cleans the house, cooks, collects water, collects fire wood from the hill etc.

When she gets free time, she attends school. She was 2nd. in her class in grade 6 and she is now in grade 7.

It has been agreed to support her with 600 Birr per month which will give her more time to concentrate on her studies.

Debere Tesfaw

DEBERE-TESFAW-20152015 Age 18

Debere lives with her mother in Lalibela town. Her father died 10 years ago.

Her mother is very poor and cannot support Debere.

She has been working as a labourer at Ben Abeba in order to earn money to support herself and stay at school.

It has been agreed to give her 600 Birr per month. Because of this, she has now enrolled in grade 10.

Dinku Ayenew Cassie

DINKU-AYENEW-CASSIE-20152015 Age 21

Dinku is from the countryside. When he was in grade 5, his mother died and he moved into Lalibela to try to access education. His father gives him no support and he survives by doing labouring work when not at school.

He did well in the grade 10 national exams and now has a place in grade 11. He has an ambition to be a doctor.

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

Ezra Tseganew Mengste

EZRA-TSEGANEW-MENGSTE-20152015 Age 20

Ezra is a disabled boy and cannot walk without the use of a crutch. He is one of 5 children and the family has no means to support them. He was living with an aunt and uncle but has now had to move out and live on his own. Because of his disability, he is unable to earn money for house rent, food, school materials etc.

He did well in the grade 10 national exams and now has a place in grade 11. His ambition is to become a journalist.

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

Gashaw Mekonn Getu

GASHAW-MEKONEN-GETU-20152015 Age 15

Gashaw’s father died when he was very young. He lives with his younger brother and his mother. His mother has no work and finds it very difficult to keep Gashaw in the school system.

Gashaw is in grade 10 this year.

It has been agreed to support him through grade 10 with 600 Birr per month. The support will continue if he is successful in getting a place in grade 11 next year.

Getaye Belay Kassawu

GETAYE-BELAY-KASSAWU-20152015 Age 23 

Getaye lived in the countryside 30km from Lalibela. A number of years ago both his parents were killed during a thunder storm. After this he moved into Lalibela.

He survives by working as a labourer and has tried to keep up with his schoolwork at the same time.

He did well in the grade 10 national exams and now has a place in grade 11. It has been agreed to support him with 600 Birr per month.

Getnet Adane Gedefawu

GETNET-ADANE-GEDEFAWU-20152015 Age 19

Getnet lives in the countryside 23 Km. from Lalibela.

He was orphaned many years ago and has managed to stay in the education system.

2 years ago he passed the grade 10 National exams with ‘great distinction’. He is now in grade 12 and next year hopes to be at University.

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

Hzbalem Tekeba Mesfin

HZBALEM-TEKEBA-MESFIN-20152015 Age 17

Hzbalem was born in a very poor family in the countryside and her mother died when she was very young.

She has faced many challenges in trying to access an education. She has attended school for half a day and has looked for any kind of work in the other half of the day in order to have money to survive.

She did well in her grade 12 National exams and now has a place at Gonder University where she is studying Social Sciences.

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

Mekonn Chane Gesese

MEKONN-CHANE-GESESE-20152015 Age 20

Mekonn is a disabled boy who only has the use of 1 hand.

His father was killed in the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea and his mother is sick and unable to support him.

He sat the grade 10 National exams this year and has been awarded his certificate with great distinction. He is now in grade 11.

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