Birhane comes from a very large family in rural Ethiopia. Out of 11 brothers and sisters, 7 are completely illiterate. The oldest brother Fekadu has finished the eef programme in 2010 and is now studying medicine at university. One other brother Sisay and her sister Meskerem are also on the eef programme and constantly rank first within their classes. Despite this success and Birhane’s academic brilliance, the family wanted to force Birhane into marriage at the age of 13. We intercepted their plans and Birhane now lives at the eef hostel with top results. Her dream is to follow her brother to university and study medicine. We know she can do it too.