Perhaps you would like to sponsor a child, but cannot commit to a full sponsorship at this time. By contributing an amount of your choice, you can help one of our teenagers below that are not currently supported by a sponsor. Your donation will go toward their $40/month sponsorship allowing them to go to college and continue receiving sponsorship benefits and support during their studies.
In Ethiopia, teenagers may graduate from high school later than in the US, having missed school due to conflict, sickness, looking for food, or because of school closings during COVID. In our community, those who graduate high school have little chance of getting a job without a driver’s license, which at $300 is unaffordable for our families (for whom that may nearly be a year’s salary), or some college. For that reason, we include driver’s licenses, trade school, or the first college diploma as part of sponsorship, as we want our children to be able to provide for themselves when they leave the program.
Bethlehem is 17 and in 10th grade. She lives with her mother and younger siblings. Her mother works as a janitor and started a part-time business thanks to a loan from her self-help group. Bethlehem is in school and wants to become a chemist. She needs 5 more years of sponsorship.
Natnael is 20 and is starting college this year. His mother cleans streets and collects garbage to support the family. She has a chronic illness and is getting regular care. Natnael will be going to college this year. He wants to be an electrician. He needs 5 more years of sponsorship.
Bethlehem is 17 and in 11th grade. She lives with her parents and her aunt. Her father is a woodworker, but they are struggling to feed the family. She loves watching movies and attending Sunday school classes. She plans to go to college. She needs 6 more years of sponsorship.
Hailemikael lives with his mother who works as a cleaner. He is 19 and in 10th grade. Their income is very low and they live in a small government house. He would like to become an engineer after he takes his national exam in grade 12. He needs 6 more years of sponsorship.