Birhan is from a small village 20 Km. from Lalibela. His parents divorced and his father has left the area. His mother, while working as a daily labourer to earn money for the family, had an accident and is now unable to work.
Birhan scored an average of 80% in his grade 11 exams and is ranked number 3 in his class. He is now in grade 12 and hopes to be going to University next year.
It has been agreed to give him 500 birr per month + 2 performance related bonuses of up to 250 birr each.
This money will help the family to survive and will enable Birhan to stay in the school system.