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.