Meet The Students

ALEM

Nine years old, Alem Dejene was born in Addis Ababa from her now late father and a hapless sick mother. She is in the third grade at Fitawurari School. She is living with her sick mother (who is spending most of her time her bed because of her sickness) and two older brothers as well as an older sister. The only breadwinner of the house is the eldest sister who is doing menial works to feed a family of five. Alem has a hearing impairment but is an eager and brilliant student who was promoted to the third grade by excelling in her class [3rd out of 60+ students] and one of the kids in desperate need.

GETAHUN

Getahun Alemu was born in Addis Ababa eleven years ago. He is in the fourth grade at Fitawurari School. Together with his two brothers—younger and older—he is living with both of his parents in abject poverty. His mother is a sick stay at home housewife while his father is a sporadic daily laborer. From what we have seen, he will be living on the street if his life continues this way. 

LEULSEGED

Eight years of age, Leulseged Tsegaye was born in Addis Ababa from a late father and an unfortunate mother who is struggling to feed him and his younger brother by washing clothes for people and carrying big loads of firewood. Leulseged is an eager second grade student at Fitawurari School and one of the kids in desperate need.

SAMUEL

Samuel Argachew was born in Addis Ababa twelve years ago. He lives with his father and does not know about his real mother. From what we have been told, he sporadically stays over night in the streets. If he continues like this, he will definitely be living in the streets permanently. Samuel is a third grade student at Kale Elementary School. 

MARKOS

Markos Thomas was born in Addis Ababa is eleven years old. He is the second oldest son in a house that holds three brothers. His mother is washing clothes for neighbors and his father is working as a guard. His youngest son has not started school because of lack of money. The family is badly struggling to raise the three children. Looking out for him may save him from the looming prospect of street life. He is fifth grader at Fitawurari School. 

DAWIT

Dawit Fekadu was born in Addis Ababa and is nine years old. He has three older siblings and a younger brother. His badly sick mother and father are alive and make their living by begging in the streets. Only one of his sisters and he can make it to school. Looking out for him may save from the looming prospect of street life. He is second grader at Fitawurari School.

TAMIRAT M.

Tamirat Mulugeta was born in Addis Ababa twelve years ago. He is living with his war-veteran father who is now working as a guard, a stepmom and his three step-siblings. Given the tragic poverty he is in, he deserves to be included in LTE's program. Tamirat is Fifth grader at Fitawurari School.

TSEGA

Tsega Sahle, who wants to be a pilot when grown up, is an eleven year old boy. He was born in Addis Ababa. He is living with his parents together with an older brother and a younger sister. His mother feeds the family by washing clothes and his father gets meager money by slaughtering cattle for richer neighbors during holidays. Tsega told LTE that he has a long standing problem of headache and also his legs shake severely. Tsega is fourth grader at Fitawurari School. 

ABDI

Seven years old, Abdi Mohammod was born in the suburbs of Addis Ababa and is in third grade at Fitawrari School. Abdi has a badly sick father and a mother who is the only breadwinner by fetching waters for neighbors from long distances. LTE is striving to help Abdi and his family.

HADAS

Hadas Tamir was born in Addis Ababa eight years ago. Since her father passed away years ago, her mother feeds her and her elder sister by washing clothes for neighbors. Her elder sister sometimes tries to help them by collecting and selling used water cans. She is now in the first grade at Fitawurari School. She is a perfect prospect to be embraced by LTE’s program.

HELEN

Helen Ashenafi was born in Addis Ababa ten years ago. She never knew her father and her disease- stricken mother is a sporadic worker at a flour factory. In order to cover her school book fees, she sometimes peddles tissues in the streets. She is in the first grade at Fitawurari School. She is a perfect prospect to be embraced by LTE’s program.

BIRHANU

Birhanu was born in Addis Ababa ten years ago. He is a single child for his single hapless mom. Given the tragic poverty he is in with his sick mother, he deserves to be included in LTE's program before he goes to a life on the street. Birhanu is in the fourth grader at Fitawurari School.

HAMDU

Hamdu Ahmed, who wants to be a pilot when he grows up, is a seven year old boy. He was born in Addis Ababa. He is living with his parents together with an older brother and two younger siblings. He has a stay-at-home mom and his father gets meager money from guarding a factory. He is a second grader at Fitawurari School. 

SIMIRET

Ten years old, Simiret Sisay was born in Addis Ababa from a late mother and an unfortunate day laborer father. Simret is an eager and brilliant third grade student at Fitawurari School and one of the kids in desperate need. she deserves LTE’s help. 

GETANEH

Getaneh is nine years old and in grade three. He was born in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. He is the youngest child, with an older brother and sister. He has an unaddressed vision problem that is believed to be a corneal crosslink issue. His mother washes clothes for the neighbors and his father is a day laborer. His family is struggling to feed their three children, and thus it is likely that he would turn to living on the street, without the quick assistance of Life Thru EDU. 

EYOB

Eyob's teachers and our director regularly tell us he is a humble and well-behaved student. This is his second year in grade 3. We thank his sponsor Rhonda for giving him the opportunity.

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MIKIYAS

Mikiyas lives on the street with his mother and infant brother. His teachers and school director give him good reports!

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TAMIRU

Tamiru is one of our youngest students. He lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with his mother and his baby brother. A kind woman was able to give them shelter, where they now live. He attends school regularly.

 

ZERIHUN

Zerihun is ten years old. He is in the fourth grade at Addis Fana School. He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (the capital city of Ethiopia). He has one older and two younger sisters. His father left the family and did not return. His mother works to do any daily labor available, as well as washing clothes for neighborhood families. This is one of the poorest families. They are struggling to have enough to eat. He is the perfect candidate for Life Thru EDU, as we have been able to step in to help, before he is turned out on to the street. *FULLY SPONSORED*

ZEWDU

Zewdu is ten years old. He has a keratoconus or a problem of corneal crosslinking. He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (the capital city of Ethiopia). His family situation is difficult, and more information will be given to his sponsors. He is especially likely to be living on the street, without the intercession of Life Thru EDU. He loves environmental sciences, but is one of the most impoverished students in Addis Fana School.

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SARA

Sara is nine years old. She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (the capital city of Ethiopia). Her father passed away years ago and no one knows of her mother's whereabouts. Sara is an only child. She is currently living with her elderly grandfather.  Her grandfather works as the guard of a church and earns about $15 per month. Her grandfather struggles to deal with his own health issues, and can not also cover his granddaughter's school and food expenses.  She is currently in grade three at Addis Fana School. 

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ZINASH

Zinash is nine years old. She was born in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. Her father estranged father was disabled. She lives with her mother and older brother. Her mother works to feed her children by washing clothes and carrying large loads of firewood. Zinash is in grade three and is an eager student.  

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YONATAN

When we met Yonatan (starting grade 5) and his family in the summer of 2014, they were living in a home with mud walls and a leaking roof. Since then, we've been able to move Yonatan's entire family into a safe and clean home. He is doing well in school, but hopes to get a tutor soon for a little extra help. This is second year of being sponsored!

ELIAS

Elias is six years old and was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up. He lives with his parents and an older brother and younger sister.  Four years ago his father became blind and is now bed-ridden. His mother is left to be the sole provider for the family and their three children. She sells vegetables, from which she earns very little money in the poor neighborhood's market that operates only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Elias is in first grade at Addis Fana School

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MIKIYAS A.

Mikiyas A. is ten years old and was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is living with his war veteran father whose hand was badly fractured in a former military regime. His father is unable to do any physical work and so his mother is the breadwinner for the family and earns money by washing clothes for neighbors. Mikiyas suffers from atonic seizures which occur sporadically. He has one older sister and one younger brother.  Mikiyas is in second grade at Addis Fana School. 

TARIKU TSIGE

Tariku Tsige is nine years old and was born in a suburb of Addis Ababa. He is HIV+ and autistic. He is going to Addis Fana School. Life Thru EDU leadership strongly recommended he should attend a school for autistic children.

HAYAT & MUHABA

Hayat Nuru and Muhaba Nuru are seven and eight years old and the daughters of a single mother who is grappling with life by working a heavy labor job. Both girls were born in Addis Ababa. Hayat is a KG grader while Muhaba is a second grader at Addis Fana School.

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TAMIRAT A.

Tamirat A. is seven years old and is in the first grade at Addis Fana School. He was born on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has three siblings (two sisters and one brother). Their mother is a housewife and their father is searching for work to feed his family of six. At seven-years-old, Tamirat hikes a grueling 90 minutes across two rivers and mountainous terrain to school every day. He hopes to be a doctor when he grows up.  

TAREKEGN

Tarekegn is five years old. He was brought to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the Guhrage Zone in the Southern part of Ethiopia by distant relatives. His caretakers told us that they were unable to afford the school fees and other expenses to get him into school. It is imperative that Life Thru EDU steps in to enroll him in school, in order to keep him off of the street! He is in grade one.

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ISRAEL

Israel Melkamu was born in Addis Ababa twelve years ago. He is fourth grader at Fitawurari School and is the middle boy in a house that holds a younger sister and an older brother. He is living with his divorced father who works as a guard. He does not know the whereabouts of his mlother. His family is badly struggling to raise the three children. Looking out for him may save him from the looming prospect of street life.

DINSEFA

Dinsefa Tolha is ten years old and second grader at Fitawurari School. He was born in Addis Ababa. He has six sisters and three brothers (their father passed away a long time ago). He is one of the poorest students that has been struggling to get any food in school. He needs LTE to reach out to him at this perfect time before he flees to street life as so many children do.

MEKEDES & KALKIDAN

Mekedes (starting grade 3) and Kalkidan (starting grade 2 ) live on the street with their mother. They are attending their classes regularly and keep up with their peers in class. With support we would like to rent a home for this family. Please contact us if you would like to specifically donate to their housing. *FULLY SPONSORED*

MIKIYAS B.

Mikiyas B. is 12 years old and is the oldest LTE student at Addis Fana school. Mikiyas was born just outside Addis Ababa and is currently in the fourth grade. He is an orphan currently living with his aunt and her daughter in poverty. Those who have met them believe that only a miracle could have kept them alive in the conditions in which they live.