eef Students

University Students

2018

Minda

2018

Minda was born in the Ethiopian countryside a few hours outside of Addis Ababa. There was no electricity and no running water anywhere near his village. He had to walk 2 hours each way to school. It is not surprising that his family is completely illiterate apart from his older brother Takele who is also an EEF student. When we met Minda he could barely speak English. However, his mathematics skills were promising. Now, in grade 9, he ranks 1st at School of Tomorrow in all subjects, including English. We’re very proud to have him on the programme and think he will go very far!

2018: Minda is now studying at New York University in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on a full scholarship!

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2017

Berhane M

2017

Berhane lived with her aunt and a female cousin. Berhane’s parents live in the countryside where they are farmers, she also has 2 brothers and 5 sisters there none of whom go to school; there is no school in their village that they could attend. Berhane came to Addis 8 years ago. Her parents sent her to Addis at the request of her aunt to help the aunt run her shop. Berhane’s father begged her aunt to allow her to go to school. The aunt allowed this but she is not supportive of Berhane’s learning and begrudges Berhane being at school. We took Berhane onto the EEF programme and now she is focussed completely on her studies. She is a very ambitious girl and also warm and caring.
She is very in to maths, biology and physics, but she hungers to learn across all areas. Berhane wants to be a doctor. She says that biggest health problems are in the countryside, and she wants to bring clinics to rural areas. She wants to start by establishing a clinic and then hopes to expand in to hospitals. She is particularly interested in women’s health and wants to set up maternity care because there is a big problem of pregnant women dying on the road trying to reach medical care.

2017: Berhane is now studying Medicine at Arsi University.

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Birhane H

2017

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.

2017: Birhane is now studying Accounting.

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Deriba

2017

Deriba lived near Menegesha which is about 45km west of Addis Ababa. The town is in an area that is mostly dependent on farming and flower production. His parents died when he was small. He has 6 brother and 3 sisters. When his parents died the siblings went their separate ways to fend for themselves. Deriba started living with and working for a family. He undertook a lot of household responsibilities and farm work but in return they allowed him to go to school and supported him by buying clothes, food and exercise books. He lived with the family for 9 years and walked 10 km to school each day. He now lives at the EEF hostel and is well looked after. He wants to study natural sciences at university but wouldn’t mind a career in banking after that 

2017: Deriba is now studying Agricultural Engineering at Earth University in Costa Rica on a full scholarship.

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Kidist D

2017

Kidist lived with her parents and toddler brother. She has an older sister who is working as a maid in UAE. Her sister didn’t finish school because she left to start working. Kidist was born in Addis, her parents having moved here shortly before she was born. Both her parents are from the countryside and are completely illiterate. They did not support Kidist’s education and clearly favoured her little brother over her. Despite having had to work, Kidist scored amazing results. Now living at the EEF hostel she can focus on her education and hopefully fulfil her dream to become an astronomer one day.

2017: Kidist is now studying Agricultural Engineering at Earth University in Costa Rica on a full scholarship.

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Melese D

2017

Melese is from the Gondar area. His parents are both dead. His father died first and then, after his mother died he came to Addis to live with his grandmother. Two years later his grandmother died also. After his grandma died he spent 2 weeks on the streets, until a man recognised him and asked him what had happened to him. This man is extremely poor but did what he could for Melese. He took him in to his home, but he is only a guard himself and cannot give Melese any food or money.
Melese lived in poverty. He was completely dependent on hand outs for his survival, and he has found several people to help him in small ways on a regular basis.
The man who found him on the street gave him a roof over his head and let him share his bed (there is no space on the floor as the room is so small).
His teachers gave him 50pence per day for his transport to school. Some other teachers at school gave him lunch. Sometimes his neighbours gave him clothes and food on festival days. During the summer he made money for food by cleaning shoes. Now Melese lives at the EEF hostel and has no more worries. He is an absolute superstar among our remarkable students and despite all the hard ship he had suffered he is a kind, warm and determined young man.

2017: Melese is now studying at New York University in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on a full scholarship!

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Meskerem A

2017

Meskerem used to live with her mother and father, 4 sisters and a brother. Her father is a guard and works at night, her mother is a housewife. Two of her younger sisters are at school. Unfortunately the father’s income is not enough to feed all the children so they have to work in order to survive. In addition, the relationship between the parents is very tense and studying was very difficult for Meskerem. She now lives at the EEF hostel and can focus on fulfilling her dream, to study engineering at university.

2017: Meskerem is now studying at New York University in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on a full scholarship!

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Mulunesh

2017

“In the countryside of Ethiopia, women are born to live in the kitchen” was Mulunesh’s opening statement in her application. She wants to set an example that women can achieve their dreams by becoming a doctor. Before moving into the eef hostel she lived in the countryside looking after her younger siblings and walking two hours each way to school. Two of her older brothers are farmers and completely illiterate. She is a bright girl with massive potential and we have no doubt that she will be able to fulfill her dream.

2017: Mulunesh is now studying Business and Economics.

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Saba

2017

Saba shared a home with her grade 7 brother Yohannes and her mother Mahazar Temiskin, an illiterate injera seller. They lived very much “hand to mouth”, paying 200 birr in rent and having just enough money left over to keep themselves alive. They have a single room in Kara Kore (a three hour taxi ride from Magenagna) that has mud walls and a corrugated iron roof. Inside, they have a double bed, another mattress on the floor, and the rest of the room is cluttered with junk. The room has an electric light bulb, though they have to collect water from a well 30 minutes away. The family has lived in this home for 4 years, having been forced to move on from their previous home after the rent was increased. Saba’s father was a lorry driver but died in a car crash 12 years ago. She joined her sister Tigist at the EEF hostel. Tigist is also an EEF scholarship student and the two of them are now well looked after. Like her sister, Saba also wants to study medicine at university.

2017: Saba is now studying Engineering at Hawassa University.

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Solomon A

2017

Solomon grew up in Debre Lebenos in the Amara region about 100km from Addis. He has parents there and many siblings – there is no high school where he is from and none of his family has been to high school. His family are labourers and farmers. Because there is no high school in his region, Solomon moved to Addis in September 2012 intending to start working as a guard, living in a 2x2m mud hut with a metal sheet roof. He is an excellent example of an EEF student: Now living at the EEF hostel he is thriving and will one day be either a pilot or a doctor.

2017: Solomon is now studying Business and Economics at Axum University.

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Yosif M

2017

Yosif’s father died when he was 6 years old. He lived with his mother and younger brother in one room which is used as a café/ bar. There is a curtain across the room to separate a single bed and their belongings. The cafe is the family’s sole source of income but it barely covers the rent and often there was no food. Despite all the hardship and the difficult study environment Yosif managed to score excellent result. He now lives at the EEF hostel and is on his path on university.

2017: Yosif is now studying Engineering at Bahir Dar University.

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2016

Eden A

2016

Eden has had a tough life; her mother is unemployed. They lived with a friend of her mothers and her two sons in one room – there was very little money coming into the household and Eden sometimes didn’t eat. Since moving into the hostel both Eden’s confidence and studies have flourished; she is a very caring young woman and popular with the other girls. Eden and her mother both dream of her finishing her schooling and going on to University.

2016: Eden is now studying Hotel Management at Addis Ababa University.

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Emebet

2016

When Emebet was born, her mother was 14, her father 22. Both are completely illiterate. They moved to Addis in 2002 where the father tried to find work and start a new nd better life. The family have been struggling ever since, going hungry most nights. Most of Emebet’s days were filled with chores to support her family and she could only focus on her studies during breaks and her during her lunch hour. It is therefore even more remarkable that she achieved straight A’s and 97% average in previous school.
In addition to being clearly very strong academically she is very warm, smiley, confident, polite, and endearing young woman in desperate need of the break which we have now given her. In the future she wants to study Natural Sciences but she is also interested to be a Journalist, and she wants to be Prime Minister of Ethiopia 😉

2016: Emebet is now studying Engineering at Hawassa University.

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Ermias

2016

After his father left when Ermias was still very young, Ermias lived with his mother and younger brother is a one room makeshift house made of mud, wood and plastic sheets. His mother earned roughly £20 per month which was not sufficient to feed the three of them. So he boys often went to sleep hungry. Ermias helped out wit various jobs after school in order to help out his mother but he was very relieved when we selected him for the eef programme and allowed him to move into the hostel. Ermias is not only academically bright, he also possesses a quiet confidence and a charming politeness. Maths and Physics are like an easy game for him and he wants to study engineering at university after high school.

2016: Ermias is now studying Engineering at Addis Ababa University.

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Fetle

2016

Fetle’s mother moved to Addis Ababa with her 3 children after her husband married again. Their basic home was bulldozed by the Sheraton Hotel to and they were re-housed in despicable conditions in a slum 300 meters away. Her brother Fikre finished his eef scholarship programme in summer 2011 and is now at university. Her sister Tenaye is now in grade 11 and lives with her at the eef hostel. They have overcome tremendous hardship. Fetle has grown into a confident young woman, determined to follow her brother and sister through school and then on to university to study medicine.

2016: Fetle is now studying Business and Economics at Hawassa University.

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Helen D

2016

Helen was born in the countryside, in the Amhara state, to a family of eight siblings. Her three sisters were married between the age of 8 – 10 and have children. She had a lucky escape when she went to live with an aunt in Addis Aaba when she was 2 years old. In return for running the aunts household she was allowed to go to school. Throughout primary school Helen studied by candle light when the other family members were asleep. Helen’s interests are poetry and writing short stories. Her English is very good and she is very easy and pleasing to talk to. She is tiny in physique but expressive, interesting, determined and sweet. Her eyes literally light up when talking of her ambitions and she told us she wants to go to university and become a famous biology scientist.

2016: Helen is now studying Business and Economics at Hawassa University.

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Marta

2016

Marta is the youngest of 10 children. All of them apart from her live in the Ethiopian countryside as illiterate farmers. As many young girls have experienced, ten years ago (at the age of 6) her mother’s aunt brought her to Addis Ababa with a promise of a better future. Despite being allowed to go to school, she was treated as the family’s servant rather than a relative. She was in charge of the family’s cooking cleaning and looking after the children. She had to sleep on the floor in a room next to the kitchen which was infested with rats. Despite this she maintained an excellent average during primary school. Now on the eef programme, she has no more worries at all. She can focus on her education and on her dream to study medicine at university.

2016: Marta is now studying Business and Economics at Hawassa University.

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Matias

2016

Matias father died when Matias was very young and after that life was very hard for his mother and him. His mother worked really hard but got sick and died in November 2008 when Matias was 11. Since then he had to live by himself and rely on a distant relative and on the kindness of others. He ate with different neighbours on different nights and they gave him money whenever they could. Despite his extreme hardship and lack of guidance from anyone he ranked 1st in his year at government school in grade 8. He blew us away during our interview with him. His great passion is reading. It’s no surprise that his English is practically perfect. He is very articulate and clear in thought. He would like to study Chemistry and find a cure for HIV/AIDS. He is very interested in medical research and particularly cancer research.

2016: Matias is now studying Engineering at Addis Ababa University.

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Shewarega

2016

Shewarega’s mother died when he was eight years old. His father, a security guard in a local compound had to pass 2 of his children on to other family members. Shewarega stayed with him. They lived in a 3 square meter house which contained nothing but a mattress, a chair, a bag and a few buckets. The house was given to them rent free in addition to the £10 per month “salary”. Times were very hard but Shewarega did not give up and achieved incredible results during primary school. Now on the programme Shewarega lives at the eef hostel, can stop work and focus exclusively on his education. Even his father is happy that his son is now taken care of. Shewarega loves Mathematics and Physics and wants to study engineering at university.

2016: Shewaraga is now studying Agricultural Engineering at Earth University in Costa Rica on a full scholarship

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Silas M

2016

Silas’ story, like many of our students, is one of pure determination. She lived on her own having left her family to go to primary school – the nearest one was 8 hours away. She travelled 3 days on a bus to attend our exam and interview where she scored the 5th highest Maths result of 120 applicants. Living at the hostel has significantly improved her English and she is excelling in all subjects. She is well on her way to becoming an educated young woman.

2016: Silas is now studying Business and Economics at Adigrat University.

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Sisay H

2016

Sisay’s family live in the Ethiopian countryside. His parents and his 11 siblings are all uneducated, except for one brother and two sisters who are also on the EEF program; in fact his brother has made it to university to study Medicine – a dream Sisay also holds. Like his brother and sisters, Sisay – an extremely diligent and pleasant young man – is flourishing at the hostel as his results clearly illustrate. Our Boys Hostel Manager describes him as “a quiet star”.

2016: Sisay is now studying Engineering at Adama University

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Sisay N

2016

Sisay’s parents divorced when he was 5 and he went to live with his father and his 6 older brothers. His father is an illiterate farmer, and his other brothers all help farming their land. He is the only brother with a primary education. Sisay used to wake up at 1am each morning to study until 5am before his daily 2 hour walk to and from school, in a part of the city unreachable by car. When he arrived back home after school he studied until bedtime. During the weekend he helped his father and brothers with the work on the land. Sisay has an admirable work ethic and a maturity beyond his years. We have no dout that he will e able to fulfil his dream to study medicine and become a doctor one day.

2016: Sisay is now studying Health Sciences at Arsi University

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Tigist B

2016

Tigist is 14 years old and used to live with her mother, as well a younger sister and brother in a small one room house made of mud and wood in very unpleasant conditions in one of the worst neighbourhoods of Addis Ababa. The family had always struggled but even more so after her father died a few years ago. Her mother is completely illiterate and can only find day work on building sites and selling vegetables on the street. Tigist is quiet girl but shows a remarkable inner strength, confidence and maturity. Like all her peers she now lives at the eef hostel . Her favourite subject is Biology and it is her dream to study medicine at University.

2016: Tigist is now studying Medicine at Henemanya University.

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Yohannes N

2016

Yohannes was born in the Wolo region of Ethiopia. His mother died when he was only one year old, leaving the farming father to look after 5 children. When Yohannes was 11, one of his brothers (15) decided to go to Addis to escape the poor farmers’ life in the country and he took Yohannes with him. Living on the street for 2 months Yohannes was “found” by an orphanage organization who took him in and provided food and clothes and shelter for him until we selected him for the eef programme. Now that he lives at the eef hostel his future is very bright indeed. He is a very determined young man. Physics is his favourite subject and he says that he wants to study engineering at university after high school.

2016: Yohannes is now studying at New York University in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on a full scholarship!

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2015

Abeba M

2015

With her mostly illiterate family living in the far north of Ethiopia, Abeba had been living in one-room in the city with her sister and 2 young children. Thanks to EEF sponsors, she now lives at the EEF hostel where her studies, confidence and personality are thriving. Maths is her favourite subject in school, although her results are excellent all-round. We have no doubt that Abeba will follow on to university after her time on the EEF Programme and fulfill her dream to become a pilot.
2015: Abeba is now studying Engineering at Addis Ababa University

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Abeba M

2015

After her father’s death, Abeba’s mother could not cope with the stress and left Addis to live with her parents in the Ethiopian countryside. Abeba was left behind to live wwith her brother and his family. Her brother is a good person who takes good care of his sister. However, as times were hard and as his income is only little Abeba had to move into the eef hostel. Abeba has a great spirit and her passion is chemistry, which is also what she intends to study at university.
2015: Abeba is now studying Business and Economics at Axum University

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Alemayehu F

2015

Catching Polio at 3 years old, Alemayehu was left unable to walk. After a major operation and a great deal of determination, he is now mobile with the help of a crutch. He joined school in 2000 – at the same time that his soldier father died – but after 2 years his disability stopped him and it was another 2 years before he could go back. When we met Alemayehu he was living in a mud hut in the south of Ethiopia. He is now at the EEF hostel, excelling at school and with hard work and his continued determination is sure to realise his dream of working in banking and helping other disabled people, as he was helped himself.
2015: Alex is now studying Social Sciences at Arba Minch University

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Atnafu

2015

Before joining the EEF Program, Atnafu lived with his mother who worked as a building site labourer to support his studies after his father left the city to become a farmer. Atnafu walked 3 hours every day to school and back until we were able to offer him a place in the EEF hostel which has given him the time and space to focus on his studies and develop his confidence. Atnafu wants to study Agriculture at University so he can help transform Ethiopia’s farming methods.
2015: Atnafu is now awaiting his place at university

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Bethlihem T

2015

Bethlihem lives with her mother and younger sister in a one room hut made of mud and wood. They have electricity and water in the compound. Her mother works as a labourer to support them. She does not know her father. Bethlihem really impressed us with both her academic results and application interview. She is a very determined young woman, smart with a sunny disposition. She excels in Mathematics and Physics which will, along with her EEF sponsorship, help her fulfill her dream to study engineering at university.
2015: Bethlihem is now studying Medicine at Gonder University

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Bezawit

2015

Bezawit joined EEF as one of our youngest scholars. She lives with her parents and 3 siblings in a 2 room house made of mud and wood. They live on the salary of her father and her sister and although her parents are very supportive of Bezawit’s studies, they were not able to pay for her school fees after grade 8. Bezawit is a very confident girl, not afraid to speak her mind. We are sure she will fulfill her dream to be a Civil Engineer.
2015: Bezawit is now studying Engineering at Akaki University

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Birhanu

2015

Birhanu was 3 when his mother died; 8 when his father died. When we met him he had just stopped living with his alcoholic brother and moved in with a goat & sheep merchant friend in a mud hut with the animals. Despite not having running water, electricity or any possessions, Birhanu scored 97.5% average at school. He wants to be a doctor one day. We are sure with his determination and continued support from EEF and his sponsor that he will achieve this.
2015: Birhanu is now studying Health Science at Mekele University

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Girma

2015

Girma lives in a one roomed house, approximately 2×2.5m², with his mother, two brothers and one sister. His widowed mother takes on various temporary jobs to support them. Girma’s brother had to stop school after grade 8 as they could not afford for him to continue. Girma is a very switched on young man and excels at Mathematics and Biology. With EEF and his sponsor’s continued support we are sure he will reach his goal of becoming a doctor.
2015: Girma is now studying Computer Science at Debre Tabor University

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Helen T

2015

Helen lived with her parents and 2 siblings in a one-room, mud and wood house in very unpleasant conditions. Helen has followed her sister, Fantu, into the girls hostel. Despite being one of our youngest applicants she was the highest scorer in her year’s entrance exam. Helen is clearly very strong academically and also energetic with a natural confidence. Unusual for any age, she says that her dream is to become a politician and we hope to send her well on her way there!
2015: Helen is now studying Engineering at Adama University

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Kalkidan F

2015

Kalkidan lives with her mother and younger sister in a one-room home, their father left them five years ago. Her mother earns £35 per month as a PE teacher but with a 35km commute to work, Kalkidan has to help her mother as much as she can with the household chores – she has grown up fast. Kalkidan has grabbed this opportunity with both hands. At school she likes sciences and after the EEF programme she would like to study engineering at university.
2015: Kalkidan is now studying Physics and Mandarin at New York University in Shanghai on a full scholarship!

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Kebadu B

2015

Kebadu’s parents and siblings are all uneducated farmers. When he was 13 Kebadu left his family to go to Addis Ababa to continue his education. Until moving into the hostel Kebadu had been working as a night guard in return for accommodation in a small mud & wood hut and worked after school to pay for food. He is a determined and charming young man who is especially interested in mathematics and science and dreams of becoming an Engineer.
2015: Kebadu is now studying Law at Bahir Dar University

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Lidia

2015

Lidia’s family live in the far south of Ethiopia, she is the 8th of 11 children. Her family live on her father’s £10 a month pension in a mud hut built for them by a traveller whilst they were living in a missionary. Lidia achieved the highest score at her entrance exam, from 200 applicants. She lives at the hostel where she is popular, teaching other students about their rights, HIV/AIDs and reproduction and health. She wants to study Science at University and is extremely passionate about the Solar System.
2015: Lidia is now studying Agricultural Engineering at Earth University in Costa Rica on a full scholarship

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Meskerem H

2015

Meskerem moved away from her family at a young age find work in the city. She lived with her Great Aunt in one bed in a tiny 2.5m x 2m room. Her day ran from 5am to 7pm making and selling injera (typical Ethiopian pancakes) and tomatoes before going home to study by candlelight, determined not to fall behind at school. Here at the hostel she has the time and space to focus on her studies and, with her characteristic hard work, is excelling. She hopes to become a Doctor.

2015: Mesky is now studying Health Science at Adama University

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Million T

2015

From a background of uneducated parents in rural Ethiopia, Million had to move to Addis aged 13 just so he could carry on at school. Alone and living in a shelter of metal and cardboard, he supported himself by labouring at the weekends and shoe-shining after school. Now this delightful young man has replaced his rickety home with our bright and modern hostel. He strives to become a medical doctor one day.

2015: Million is now studying Health Science at Wollo University

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Mimi

2015

Mimi is a bubbly 13 year old girl, bursting with energy and confidence ……we loved her from the moment she walked in to the initial interview. She is an orphan and used to live with her elderly grandparents and 7 others in a small house before she moved into the eef hostel. Life for the family was very hard with only a small income to feed and clothe everyone. Mimi’s dream is to study medicine and we’re sure she will make an excellent doctor.

2015: Mimi is now studying Social Science at Addis Ababa University

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Rahwa

2015

Rahwa is from a very poor background. She shares a one room house with a large family and sleeps on the floor. Her father works in a church and mother is a labourer. Family income is around £35 a week. Undeterred by her surroundings Rahwa is a positive, inquisitive and happy girl. She has great interest in Biology and Chemistry so hopefully she will accomplish her goal of studying medicine at University.

2015: Rahwa is now studying Medicine at Mekele University

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Ruzz S

2015

Ruzz is from the southern-most area of Ethiopia, borne of illiterate parents in an area where schooling stops at grade 4. His parents could send no money to Ruzz so he lived on a mat in a small hut. However, this mat was covered in books and Ruzz ranked 1st at school in grades 5,6 and 7. He is fascinated by nature, the environment and human physiology and wants to be a scientist. Now he has the surroundings and camaraderie to fulfil his aspirations.

2015: Ruzz is now studying Agricultural Engineering at Adigrat University

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Solomon Z

2015

With six siblings and a poor farming background, Solomon’s family were very reluctant to let him go to school. Aged 5 he finally persuaded them but they stopped this aged 10. He moved to Addis and got amazing results in grade 5 before his aunt finally threw him out. Aged 13 and living in a hut with no mattress or power he shined shoes and laboured on a building site. Now, the hostel gives him time to complete his studies and realise his true potential.

2015: Solo is now studying Agricultural Engineering at Earth University in Costa Rica on a full scholarship

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Tadesse G

2015

Tadesse was one of our youngest ever students. He lived with his parents and his 6 year old sister in a mud house in one of the poorer parts of Addis Ababa. Aged 12, he was already in grade 8, achieving scores of over 95% in his government school. He is a very switched on boy who is inquisitive and charming. Tadesse’s favourite subject is Physics and he is determined to one day study science at University.

2015: Tadesse is now studying Medicine at Mekele University

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Takele B

2015

Takele had a troubled childhood. His father forced his mum into marriage then left her and took Takele with him. He was not allowed to go to school. Takele fought to get away and ended up with his blind great aunt in Addis. Despite this turmoil, he scored the highest EEF entrance exam mark in his year. The hostel is welcome relief for Takele and supports him in his quest to study medicine.

2015: Takele is studying to become a Public Health Officer at Wollo University

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Tamirat E

2015

Tamirat used to live in the far south of Ethiopia in a mud house with a large family. His father is dead and he does not remember him. Despite working shining shoes for 40p a day he achieved 3rd out of 200 pupils at his school. He loves Maths and English and now works hard at the hostel to do well in school. Tamirat wants to be a Doctor and we see no reason why he won’t succeed.

2015: Tamirat is studying Engineering at Addis Ababa University

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Tatu

2015

From one of the poorest parts of Addis, Tatu’s mother was divorced when she was pregnant with her. Tatu never knew her father. Her mother found it extremely hard to afford even food and shelter while working as a labourer and holding down two other jobs. At the hostel, Tatu has the shelter, time and tools to give her breathing space and a chance to study towards being a Civil Engineer.

2015: Tatu is now studying Business Management at Bahir Dar University

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Tsegenesh

2015

Tsegenesh’s father was a troubled man and left when she was 2. Living with her mother in a one room hut made of mud and wood her mother worked all the hours as a cook and a cleaner. With money short, Tsegenesh would have had to give up school at Grade 8 but eef has now made it possible for her to concentrate on getting to university and becoming an engineer. She is the most charming and friendly student.

2015: Tsegenesh is now studying Agricultural Engineering at Earth University in Costa Rica on a full scholarship

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Wondwossen

2015

Wondwosson lives with a large family in a one room shack, sleeping on the floor with Gran, sisters and brothers alike. He used to get up at 4 in the morning to use the one light bulb so he could quietly study and achieved stunning school marks. His father is a labourer and barely earns enough to feed the family. Now he can focus on his studies and turn on the lights whenever he wants!

2015: Wondwossen is studying Engineering at Hawassa University

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Yonotan G

2015

Living with his mum who earns £40 a month Yonotan could never have dreamt of paying the school fees for the School of Tomorrow. He has a breathtaking ability to explain complex biological and chemical processes in English and attained one of the highest entrance exam marks when he came to us. We expect this happy, smiling boy to excel at the hostel and become the scientist he wants to be.

2015: Yonotan is now studying Medicine at Gonder University

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Zelalem

2015

Zelalem’s mother died when he was 3. Aged 8, his father took him to Addis to seek a better future but returned to the countryside after only a year. Zelalem stayed with a distant relative but this broke down and he was then all alone. Given shelter by a church in return for help he worked nights at a bakery to earn money to eat. After a truly difficult time he achieved incredible school results and now has the hostel to support his wish to one day be an accountant.

2015: Zelalem is now studying Law at Bahir Dar university

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2014

Asnaku

2014

2010: Asnaku’s parents are farmers in rural Ethiopia. She hasn’t seen them in a long time. Before moving into the eef girls hostel she used to live with her blind grandmother, her grandfather, a sister, an aunt and the aunt’s two children in a tiny two room mud house. Life for her was tough but despite that she wants to succeed in her studies and achieve her dream to go to university and become an engineer.

2014: Asnaku now studies Business and Economics at Arba Minch University

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Behailu B

2014

2010: Behailu is one of our youngest students on the programme. He lives with his parents and his little sister in a small one room house with electricity but no running water. He is an incredibly driven and confident boy and blew us away with his knowledge during the scholarship interview. He will go very far in life and we are glad that we can help him to achieve his dream, to be a doctor one day.

2014: Behailu is now studying Medicine at Mekele University

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Belete

2014

2010: Belete aged 13 is a great student and takes his inspiration from Albert Einstein. He is an orphan and lives alone and works when not at school for a family to earn enough to live and eat. He is a determined hard working student who we know will achieve great things. He wants to study Physics at university.

2014: Belete is now studying Economics at Addis Ababa University

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Birhane A

2014

2010: Birhane is the seventh child of her parents who are poor and uneducated farmers in the Ethiopian countryside. When Birhane was 6, her oldest sister, who is also illiterate, brought her to Addis Ababa so that Birhane could go to government school there. Brihane hasn’t seen her family in over 8 years. She will move into the girls’ home so that she can concentrate on her studies and become the first lawyer graduating from the eef programme.

2014: Birhane is now studying Engineering at Bahar Dar University

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Eyob

2014

2010: Eyob joined the eef programme as one of the youngest students. Despite the many problems at home with an unemployed, depressed father and a hard working mother that struggled to provide for Eyob and his two sisters, Eyob managed to keep up a very high academic level during primary school. He impressed us during the interview with his focus and his inquisitive nature. Eyob now lives at the eef hostel and can concentrate on his studies. His dream is to study medicine at university.

2014: Eyob is now studying Engineering at Addis Ababa University

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Fikirte

2014

2010: Fikirte’s father died when she was only little. After her mother died also a few years ago, Fikirte was sent to Addis to live with her blind aunt and her cousin who is a cleaner. Fikirte will move into our girls’ home and concentrate on her studies.

2014: Fikirte is now studying Business and Economics at Awassa University

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Frehiwot T

2014

2010: Frehiwot comes from a big family and her parents are farmers working on the land out in the country. She has to thank her day-labourer brother and his wife that she can go to school at all as all her 5 sisters who still live in the countryside with her parents had to stop their education completely before the end of primary school. She is a lovely girl, her passion is Art and she wants to become an artist when she finishes her studies.

2014: Frehiwot is now studying Law at Axum University

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Hayat

2014

2010: Hayat came to Addis in 2003 at the age of 8. She bravely left her illiterate family (including 3 brothers and 2 sisters) behind to pursue her dream to get educated. She has not seen or spoken to her family since. She used to live with extended family in a tiny one room house made of mud and wood before moving into our girls hostel. She studies hard to pursue her dream to one day be an environmental scientist.

2014: Hayat is now studying Engineering at Awassa University

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Kidus A

2014

2010: Kidus Adugna lives with his mother (who stopped school after grade 3), his father, who is a labourer, and three younger siblings. They survive on the father’s small salary of Birr 400 per month in a small house in a semi rural setting. They have no running water and only one light which is borrowed from the church. Despite the harsh conditions Kidus is determined to go to university.

2014: Kidus is now at Addis Ababa University studying Engineering

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Letay

2014

2010: Letay’s favourite subjects are Maths and Biology. Since her mother died she has lived with her sister and her husband (a priest) and their 3 children. They live in a one room house and Letay sleeps on the floor with the other children. Despite this she is an excellent student and is determined to get a place a university and become a doctor.

2014: Letay is now at Mekele University studying Health Science

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Mahlet N

2014

2010: Mahlet is a lovely girl with a bright smile. She lives in a simple house without running water with her parents and six siblings. She sleeps on a mattress on the floor, together with two of her sisters. Both her parents are completely illiterate. Her father is a painter but his wages are very low so Mahlet works during her free time to support her family. Her favourite subject is Biology and she would like to study medicine one day.

2014: Mahlet is now studying Engineering at Haramaya University

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Mekauint

2014

2010: Mekauint’s parents and 6 siblings live 400 km from Arba Minch in the most isolated countryside of Ethiopia. They are all completely uneducated and illiterate. When he joined the eef programme he lived with his aunt (a cleaner) and her 8 children in Arba Minch in a 2 room house made of mud and wood. To contribute to the family income his job was to fetch water from the river and carry it home over 5 km for other families. He now lives at the eef boys home and is on his way to fulfil his dream to go to university.

2014: Mekauint is now at Awassa University studying Engineering.

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Miheret

2014

2010: Miheret lives with her mother who is a servant at a small local hotel. Her parents divorced years ago and the father left the family behind. She sometimes sees him on the street but does not dare to speak with him as he wants nothing to do with her. Miheret’s grandmother and her uncle also live with them in a small 2 room house without running water and only occasional electricity. Miheret is a very clever girl who surprised us with her curiosity and confidence. She too wants to study medicine in the future and we have no doubt that she will manage to achieve her dream.

2014: Miheret is now studying Health Sciences at Addis Ababa University

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Muluken

2014

2010: Muluken has had a very hard life up to now. His parents carry wood from the forest to make a living and Muluken is the only of 7 siblings to have an education. In order for the family to allow him to go to school, he has to contribute by fetching water from the river for many other families. He had to walk 4 times per day for 30 minutes with 20 liters of water just to earn enough money to be able to eat. He now lives at the eef boys’ home and we are confident that he has a bright future ahead of him.

2014: Muluken is now studying Engineering at Awassa University

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Samrawit D

2014

2010: Samrawit’s illiterate parents live far away from Addis in the Ethiopian countryside where she was born. When she was 8 years her parents wanted to force her into marriage but her aunt recognized her thirst for knowledge and brought her to Addis Ababa where she is now taking care of her and an older sister. The other 5 of their siblings are uneducated.  Samrawit shares her bed with two of her cousins. She will be an exemplary student at her new school and a great role model for young Ethiopian women. She is determined to enter university after the eef programme and study engineering.

2014: Samrawit is now studying Engineering at Addis Ababa University

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Simeretu

2014

2010: Simeretu joined the programme coming from Arba Minch in the South of Ethiopia. His father died when he was 2 years old. His mother’s job is to carry heavy loads of wood into town from a nearby forest. He has three illiterate brothers and sisters and was the only child of the family attending school. He will do well in his new environment and one day study engineering at university.

2014: Simeretu is now at Awassa University studying Engineering

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Sinknesh D

2014

2010: Sinknesh is a smiley and cheerful girl. She only came to Addis two years prior to joining the eef programme. It was her grandmother who convinced the parents to let Sinknesh come with her so that she could get educated. Sinknesh’s parents are illiterate, her brother and her four sisters have not finished their primary education.  Her grandmother is becoming very old and study conditions were so bad without electricity so that we decided to let Sinknesh move into the eef hostel where she can fully focus on her studies. She intends to study Biology at university.

2014: Sinknesh is now at Adama University studying Business and Economics

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Temesgen

2014

2010: Temesgen was living on the street until the age of ten. Thereafter he gained employment as a servant undertaking all the basic household duties for a large family. He attended school part time. Temesgen is a highly intelligent young man and It was his desire for education that kept him motivated to continue with his schooling. Since joining EEF Temsegen has thrived.

2014: Temesgen is now studying Engineering at Gondar University

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Tesfatsion

2014

2010: Tesfatsion’s father died when he was very young. The mother who lives in the south of Ethiopia could not cope with the hardship of bringing up Tesfatsion and his two sisters, so Tesfatsion made his way to addis at the age of 11 where he now, aged 13, lives with an old lady who cares for him. He is highly determined doing odd jobs in his spare time to earn the money for clothes. He is an excellent student and dreams to study Physics at University.

2014: Tesfatsion is now studying Natural Sciences and Computer Sciences at Adama University

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Tirsit

2014

2010: Tirsit’s father is an illiterate security guard and her mother sells bred in the local market. She has one younger sister. Lucky for the girls, her parents have been very supportive as they want their daughters to get educated and lead a better life in the future. She has a real fighting spirit and is determined to succeed in her studies walking over 1 hour to attend school each day. She lives in a tiny 2 room house with her family. They have no running water so Tirsit walks 30 minutes each day to fetch water for the family. Her dream is to study physics and win a Nobel prize.

2014: Tirsit is now studying Medicine at Jimma University

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Tsehay S

2014

2010: Tsehay is 15 years old. She lives with her mother , her older brother and younger sister in a two room house made of mud and wood around 45 minutes walking distance from School of Tomorrow. They have no running water and the whole family sleep together in one bed. Tsehay’s mother is a hard working cleaner but both Tsehay and her siblings have to help after school as much as they can to add to the family’s income. Despite the hardship Tsehay constantly achieves top mark in school and is determined to study medicine one day and become a doctor.

2014: Tsehai ended up changing her mind and despite gaining a place for medicine she has decided to study Engineering at Addis Ababa University.

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Tsion

2014

2010: Tsion’s parents split when she was still very young. Her father re-married and Tsion has no contact with him at all. She is all alone with her mother who works as a servant for a wealthy family. Tsion and her mother live in a one room house in the compound. She would like to be an engineer one day.

2014: Tsion is now studying accountancy in Addis Ababa

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Yemisrach

2014

2010: Yemisrach’s father left his family many years ago when Yemisrach was only a few years old. They have no contact at all. She lives with her mother, grandmother, two brothers and two sisters in a small house. Her mother is very supportive of Yemisrach’s studies and helps wherever she can. Yemisrach wants to study engineering at university one day.

2014: Yemisrach is now studying Mathematics, Physics and Mandarin Chinese At New York University Shanghai on a full 4 year scholarship.

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2013

Ageze

2013

2009: Ageze came from a very rural and remote area in Central Ethiopia. In 2008 he had stopped his education after losing his parents and was supporting himself as a goat herder. He was brought to our attention by one of our alumni who came from the same village. We asked Ageze to come to Addis to sit our entrance examination. He scored exceptionally well despite being out of formal education. We immediately accepted him onto the programme. He has now moved into our hostel and he has been thriving both academically and socially in the secure and healthy environment of the hostel and school. We expect great things from him.

2013: Ageze is now at Hawassa university studying engineering.

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Ashenafi

2013

2009: Ashenafi’s parents both died when he was just 7 years old. Since then he has been on his own, occasionally looked after by extended family members. Before joining the eef programme he was working in a shop 7 days a week whilst at the same time attending school. He struck for how knowledgeable and motivated he is as a student and we were very pleased to be able to support him with one of our scholarships.

2013: Ashenafi is now at Addis Ababa university studying business and economics.

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Eyerusalem

2013

2009: Eyerusalem is an extrovert and ambitious young girl who loves reading books and studying hard for her exams. This is despite a very hard childhood; she grew up in an extremely poor, rural Ethiopian village and had to struggle to continue her studies. She now has the peace of mind to continue her academic progress as part of the eef programme.

2013: Eyerusalem is now on a full scholarship at Helsinki university studying social sciences.

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Frehiwot A

2013

2009: Her illiterate parents are traditional farmers who live together with Frehiwot’s two sisters far away from Addis Ababa in the countryside of Ethiopia. The two girls do not go to school. Frehiwot and her two brothers were lucky as their grandmother, who recognised their thirst for knowledge, took them with her to Addis Ababa so that they could go to school. She is the one that gives Frehiwot her inspiration and her determination to succeed. Despite all the hardship, she has a spark in her eyes and a very friendly smile. She is not shy to speak her mind and impressed us with her questions and her opinions – she is particularly interested in women’s rights.

2013: Firehiwot is now at Gondar university studying medicine

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Gebrekidan

2013

2009: Gebrekidan came to Addis Ababa from the Adwa region to focus on his education at the start of Grade 7. He has 2 sisters and his mother and father who reside in the countryside (approx 700 km from Addis), and 1 brother who he lives with in Addis in a small room. He is a very clever student and very serious about his education-which is proven by the fact that he ranked 2nd out of over 300 in the 8th grade at his local government school. He is very much appreciative of the opportunity which EEF has provided to him, and looks forward to making the most of it!!

2013: Gebrekidan is now at Addis Ababa university studying medicine.

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Getaneh

2013

2009: Getaneh’s father died when he was 4, living his mother and two children without any means of substaining themselves. His mother had to start working as a labourer on building sites during the day and in the evenings as a bread maker. Getaneh was also working as a shoes shine boy and carrying goods in the local market. Despite all hardship, he remained a bright and lively kid with an excellent accademic potential, and he is now making the most of it in the eef programme.

2013: Getaneh is now at Addis Ababa university studying medicine.

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Kidist D

2013

2009: When we met Kidist she was living with her aunt and her six children in a small hut in the suburbs of Addis Ababa. At 14, she would spend literally all of the time when she was not at school working to support the family income. She now has the opportunity to concentrate on her studies and realise the excellent potential she has as a student.

2013: Kidist is now at Addis Ababa university studying medicine.

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Robel T

2013

2009: Robel is an orphan and was taken in by his extended family in Addis Ababa. He is a very talkative and cheerful young man who is determined to do well is his studies. His extended family are very supportive despite living in a small wooden hut. Robel has already become an active member of the EEF community, always with a cheerful smile and a joke. Robel wants to be a Civil Engineering to build more roads in Ethiopia.

2013: Robel is now at Addis Ababa university studying engineering.

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Teklu

2013

2009: Together with his older brother Weynu who is also an eef student Teklu left his family for Addis Ababa when his mother died a few years ago. They now live in safe accomodation provided by eef. He is making excellent progress at the School of Tomorrow and he would like to study engineering one day.

2013: Teklu is now at Arba Minch university studying engineering.

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Tenaye

2013

2009: Tenaye is the younger sister of Fikre who is also on the eef programme. Their father left them when they were very young and they have no contact with him. Their mother struggled for many years and Tenaye now lives in a safe eef accommodation. Tenaye is a very clever girl and a true fighter. After secondary school she would like to study engineering (her favourite subjects are Maths and Physics!!)

2013: After achieving the highest ever EEF national exam result, Tenaye is now at Adama university studying medicine.

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Yitagesu

2013

2009: Yitagesu left the Ethiopian countryside after his parents died. Before joining the EEF programme, at only 14, he used to work as a labourer during the week and at the week end he would teach other students, shoe shine and carry good in various markets. He used to live with 3 adults in a small room without electricity.

2013: Yitagesu is now at Addis Ababa university studying medicine.

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Zemenu

2013

2009: When Zemenu was 10 his father died and the mother couldn’t support him and his 2 brothers and sister in the Ethiopian countryside. His 25 year old uncle brought him to Addis Ababa and started supporting him and allowing him to attend classes at a local school. The uncle is a day labourer who doesn’t really manage to make enough money for both, so Zemenu moved into the eef boys hostel. He would like to become a doctor after university..

2013: Zemenu is now at Arba Minch university studying medicine.

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2012

Amare

2012

2008: Amare consistently receives straight A’s for his school work. He manages to do this as well as being the only carer for his sick Mother who lost her husband when Amare was just a baby. Amare enjoys learning about natural phenomena, so his favourite subjects are physics and chemistry. His dream is to study engineering at university.

2012: Amare is now at Addis Ababa university studying engineering.

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Bethlehem B

2012

2008: Bethlehem is a confident and outgoing girl and we were immediately impressed with Bethlehem during her initial interview. Her father died when she was only little and since then she has been living with her mother who is also her best friend. Her mother is a cleaner / cook and the two of them live in a tiny hut next to the owner’s main house. She would like to study engineering at university and she is well on track to make her dream come true.

2012: Bethlehem is now at Addis Ababa university studying engineering.

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Fantu

2012

2008: Fantu lives with her parents and her 4 brother and sisters in one of Addis Ababa’s most deprived neighbourhoods in a mud hut without electricity and running water. Since she joined the eef programme she has been thriving, particularly in her favourite science subjects. With the support of eef she has now a great future ahead of her and one day, we have no doubt, she will be a medical doctor.

2012: Fantu is now at Haramaya university studying medicine.

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Fitsum

2012

2008: Fitsum is alone in Addis. He worked as a servant for no salary. The job provided food and the kitchen floor to sleep on. His very young mother has a similar position in another town but he has not seen her for a long time as they both worked seven days a week. His motivation to continue has paid off with outstanding results. He now feels secure as EEF has provided him with his own room at our student hostel so he no longer needs to work. Fitsum has strong desire to study medicine.

2012: Fitsum is now at Addis Ababa university studying engineering.

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Gebre

2012

2008: Gebre’s father died a few years back and left his illiterate mother with six children. The small family income is now provided by one of his brothers, who sells newspapers in the streets. We were impressed by Gebre’s motivation and willingness to study when we met him and we are sure he now has a bright future ahead.

2012: Gebre is now at Addis Ababa university studying engineering.

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Gemechu

2012

2008: Gemechu’s mother died a few years back and his father disappeared soon after, abandoning their six children. After spending some time with his grandfather, Gemechu had to move with his uncle’s family where he was expected to work as a servant looking after the family’s cattle. This involved heavy work in the fields that at the age of 14 Gemechu is forced to undertake whilst going to school and studying. Gemechu’s dream is to become a journalist in order to be able to report on people’s hardship and abuse in poor countries.

2012: Gemechu (Simon) is now at university in the U.S.A.

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Girma

2012

2008: The oldest of four brothers, Girma’s father died when he was only six years old. For over a year, his illiterate mother tried to manage their small farmland by herself whilst at the same time looking after the four infants. She came to the conclusion that it was impossible and decided to sell the small number of cattle and the land to move to Addis Ababa. After a while his mother became ill. Girma, by then 10 years old had to be the breadwinner for the family. He dropped out of school for more than two years and had to take the worst jobs imaginable for the family to survive. Even though his mother is better now, Girma still has to work hard in his spare time to be able to eat. Despite all this hardship, Girma has an amazing future ahead and he wants to study Mechanical Engineering at university.

2012: Girma is now at university in Israel.

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Hanser

2012

2008: Hanser comes from the countryside where his job was herding cattle. Hanser had dropped out of education as there were no schools near his home. Hanser desperately wanted to continue his education and moved to Addis Ababa to join his brother who is also on the EEF programme. Despite being older than the other students, Hanser has a strong desire to succeed and fulfil his dream of becoming a very well educated Ethiopian so he can help his family and home town residents, the majority of whom are illiterate.

2012: Hanser is now at Addis Ababa university studying business & economics.

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Hilina

2012

2008: Hilina is the only child of a house cleaner. Mother and daughter live is a small corrugated iron hut. When we met Hilina she was working most days to add income to her mothers tiny salary and she was a very timid and withdrawn girl. Since joining the programme Hilina has flourished and her confidence has grown remarkably. She still lives with her mother but is provided with a weekly food allowance so she does not have to work and she can focus 100% of her time on her studies. Her dream is to study Engineering and to be an independent and education woman.

2012: Hilina is now at Addis Ababa university studying engineering.

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Mahlet

2012

2008: Mahlet is 13 years old. She lives with her parents and her younger brother. Her father is a nurse earning roughly 30 Euros per month. Her mother has no work. Mahlet is an outstanding girl academically and has a very bright future ahead. She is a warm yet slightly shy girl who will achieve amazing things in her life. Her dream is to study Biology at university and become a scientist.

2012: Mahlet is now at Addis Ababa university studying medicine.

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Mekonnen

2012

2008: Mekonnen lived in the countryside 260km from Addis Ababa. He is an orphan and the sole provider for his young brother. He used to walk 16km each way to the local government school that had 100+ students per class. In the afternoon he worked as a water carrier for a local cafe to provide for food. Shelter was a hut made of branches. Mekonnen was put forward as a potential candidate by one of our current students. He came top in our entrance examination. His excellent results, determination to not just survive but to succeed made him an ideal candidate for our programme. Now Mekonnen is now part of the EEF group of students in Addis Ababa. EEF has also provided him with accommodation and food as well as an additional allowance for his younger brother who has also come to Addis Ababa and lives with him and attends a local primary school.

2012: Mekonnen is now at Awassa university studying business & economics.

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Miheret

2012

2008: Miheret’s parents died a few years ago and she lives together with her 16 year old sister Lense in our girls hostel. Despite the hardship she has gone from strength to strength and is ranking amongst the top students in her new class. Her dream is to study Economics at university and we are sure that she will be able to fulfil this dream.

2012: Miheret is now at Jimma university studying business & economics.

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Robel

2012

2008: Robel lives with his parents and three brothers and sisters. His father is already retired and his pension is too small for the family to live on. His older brother (security guard) and sister (waitress) are therefore supporting the family with their income of around £40 per month. Robel is a dedicated and outstanding student and his grades are good enough to fulfil his ambition to study medicine at univerity in a few years time.

2012: Robel is now at Addis Ababa university studying engineering.

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Sileshi

2012

2008: Sileshi is 15 years old and comes from the Ethiopian countryside. His family is very poor with his mother being illiterate and his father working as a carpenter to support the livelihood of seven children. They live in a mud hut with an iron roof built by Sileshi’s father. Sileshi is very bright and motivated and EEF will support him in his studies going forward.

2012: Sileshi is now at Jimma university studying engineering.

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Siyoum

2012

2008: Siyoum’s mother is looking after seven children after his father died when he was only five. They live in a small hut without running water or electric light. They use firewood to light the hut and need to fetch water from the river to drink and wash. Every day Siyoum had to walk 8km to reach school. However his motivation to get a proper education did not deter him and has allowed his to deserve a place in EEF’s scholarship scheme. Siyoum’s ambition is to study at University as a medical doctor.

2012: Siyoum is now at Arba Minch university studying engineering.

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Tesfaye S

2012

2008: Tesfaye comes from an extremely unpriveleged background. He used to live in a rural suburb of Addis Ababa with his family, made up of illiterate parents and three boys. They all shared just one small room provided to them from Government support. Here they cooked, ate, slept and lived without running water and basic sanitary equipment. In order to contribute to the family income Tesfaye used to work as a shoe shine boy at weekends earning less than 50 cents per day.

2012: Tesfaye is now at Awassa university studying engineering.

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Tezera

2012

2008: He is an extremely bright boy and a pure joy to communicate with. Tazera’s parents are poor traditional farmers in the countryside of Ethiopia. As they could not support his studies, Tazera moved to Addis Ababa to live with his uncle when he was 9 years old. His dream is to help facilitate the building of health centres in Ethiopia. He has the potential to fulfil this dream and has an amazing future ahead of him.

2012: Tezera is now at Gonder university studying medicine.

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Tsega

2012

2008: Tsega never knew his father as he died before he was born. At the age of 8, his mother survived a suicide attempt and then sent Tsega to Addis Ababa to live with his uncle. They lived a very hard life as his uncle’s income is very low and Tsega had to help out wherever he could. We decided that Tsega should move into the boys hostel so that he could fulfill his potential. Tsega is one of our top performers with a particular talent for Mathematics and Science. We have no doubt that one day he will fulfil his dream to study engineering at university.

2012: Tsega is now studying at New York University in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on a full scholarship! More information here.

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Yeshihareg

2012

2008: Yeshihareg’s parents died when she was around 8 years old. She was taken in by her aunt and uncle. Her uncle is a teacher at a computer school and earns roughly £35 per month. Her aunt has a variety of small day jobs, and Yeshihareg helps around the house as much as she can. They live in a small house with 2 rooms and they pay around £25 rent per month. Yeshihareg is a clever girl. She is a well rounded, likeable student with a great talent for sciences in particular. After the EEF programme she would like to study Biology at university.

2012: Yeshihareg is now at Gonder university studying engineering.

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Yigardu

2012

2008: Her father died when she was only little. Her mother could not cope on her own with the 5 children and when she was 9 years old, Yigardu moved to Addis Ababa to live with her older brother who still takes care of her now. They live in a small house made of mud and wood and they pay £15 rent per month. Her brother is a daily labourer on building sites, hence income is only little and unpredictable. Therefore, Yigardu has to help where she can. Despite the hardship Yigardu is an outstanding girl academically. Her dream is to become a lawyer and she particularly wants to fight against the injustice of forced marriages – a problem still very common in Ethiopia.

2012: Yigardu is now at Jimma university studying engineering.

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Yosef

2012

2008: Yosef’s 8 family members include four sisters and his grand mother and are solely supported by his father’s humble job as a church worker. They live in a village with no water supply and need to fetch water daily from a river to provide for all their needs, including drinking. Food in their small house is scarce and very basic. Yosef’s dream is to one day become a doctor to help people be cured of the many illnesses that afflict the Ethiopian population.

2012: Yosef is now at Addis Ababa university studying business & economics.

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Zebiba

2012

2008: Zebiba is supported by her sister’s family as her parents, having had 8 children, were to poor and ill to look after her. On top of going to school and doing her homework Zebiba needs to work in her sister’s house, washing clothes, cleaning and cooking, before and after school. Because of her mother’s ill health she has become very familiar with hospitals and health issues and she has the big ambition of becoming a doctor her self, a profession that in Ethiopia is largely reserved to males.

2012: Zebiba is now at Haramaya university studying medicine.

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2011

Abdelwrezak

2011

2007: Abdelwrezak scored the highest percentage score in our entrance exam. Despite living in a desperate situation with both parents seriously ill and not working, Abdelwrezak dedicated himself to his studies and assisted the family by working on a building site. Now, as part of the EEF programme, Abdelwrezak no longer needs to work as EEF provides a small allowance to his family and Abdelwrezak can concentrate on nurturing his incredible natural intelligence.

2011: Abdelwrezak is now at Addis Ababa university studying engineering.

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Abel

2011

2007: Abel is one of our youngest students. His father lives in the countryside, and being a traditional farmer, cannot support his family. Therefore, Abel lives in Addis with his hard working mother who is very supportive of his studies. Abel’s school results are amazing and he has a very bright future ahead. His goal is to study Physics at university.

2011: Abel is now studying Science at NYU in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on a full scholarship!.

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Abeslome

2011

2007: Abeslome is one of our youngest students on the EEF programme. His family is very supportive of his studies. His straight A’s are only one indication of the bright future he has ahead. He particularly impressed the EEF board by how articulate, knowledgeable and motivated he is to succeed.

2011: Abeslome is now at Addis Ababa university studying architecture.

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Addis

2011

2007: Addis left her family behind in the countryside to continue with her education. Her dream is to become an intellectual woman and her grades, particularly in English and Social Sciences show that she is on the way to achieving it.

2011: Addis is now at Awassa university studying Economics.

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Anteneh

2011

2007: Anteneh lives in a tiny two room mud hut with his mother and five brothers and sisters. The whole family relies on the salary of one brother who is a truck driver. Anteneh’s enthusiasm for his studies and future development is infectious. Despite a lack of resources he is very widely read and is keen to study Archaeology if he gets the chance to enter further education. In Anteneh’s word ‘a man is not finished when he is defeated, he is finished when he gives up… I will not give up my dream to be an educated person.’

2011: Anteneh is now studying for his degree at NYU in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on a full scholarship!

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Baye

2011

2007: Baye is originally from the countryside of Ethiopia . His father died when he was 18 months old and his family was forced by the drought and famine to move to Addis Ababa when he was still a baby. Baye wants to complete his school and go to University to study physics. So far, he has done all he could to persevere with his education and now with the help of the EEF scholarship he will be able to realise his dream.

2011: Baye is now at Addis Ababa university studying engineering.

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Beniam

2011

2007: Beniam may just have the best writing of any student on the programme! He loves mathematics, particularly the teachings of Pythagoras and plans to study engineering at university. Beniam lives with his parents and brother.

2011: Beniam is now at Addis Ababa university studying engineering.

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Bereket

2011

2007: When Bereket’s Mother became sick, the family had to sell most of their belongings in order to obtain medicines her Mother needs. Bereket lives with one of her brothers and his family and her favourite subjects are physics and geography. Bereket would like to be a scientist.

2011: Bereket is now at Jimma university studying engineering.

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Berihun

2011

2007: Berihun came to Addis Ababa in order to receive better education. For a while he lived there with his Uncle and his family, but they were not supportive of his schooling and wanted him to work full time. Berihun has a great interest in Mathematics and Biology and wants to create new medicines to help sick people.

2011: Berihun is now at Addis Ababa university studying engineering.

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Birhanehiwot

2011

2007: Birhanehiwot has lost both his parents to Malaria when he was 10. At the time Birhanehiwot lived with his 10 brothers and sisters, however, without parental support the family fell apart. Before EEF, Birhanehiwot earned about 35 pence a day as a shoe shine boy, cleaner and labourer on a building site and he lived in a one room mud shack with no electricity or water. He shared this room with four other boys. Despite his very difficult circumstances, Birhanehiwot was top of his class with a perfect score in Mathematics. He is an amazing boy and now, with EEF’s help, has a fantastic and bright future ahead.

2011 Birhanehiwot is now at Addis Ababa university studying economics.

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Bruk

2011

2007: Bruk is an orphan who lives in a single mud-made room with his aunt and three sisters. They work as cleaners and attend night school, and Bruk also needs to work as a shoe shiner and in other jobs to contribute to the family income. Bruk has put all of his effort into studying and obtaining excellent marks. He is committed to becoming a doctor.

2011: Bruk is now at Adama university studying agricultural engineering.

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Chala

2011

2007: Chala’s Father died when Chala was 10 years old. Chala has ten brothers and sisters and his mother struggles with ill health due to her bearing a large number of children when she was still very young. Chala made the lonely move to Addis Ababa at the age of 11 in order to continue with his education. He has been living on his own in very poor conditions, in a stick and mud hut which leaks in the rainy season, sleeping on the mud floor. He has been responsible for earning his own money by working many different jobs, including being a shoe shine boy. However, Chala has achieved excellent academic results so far. He has developed a passion for the English language and wants to study English and Biology in the future.

2011: Chala is now at Addis Ababa university studying social science.

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Dibekulu

2011

2007: Dibekulu’s parents are illiterate farmers who did not support his ambition to study and none of his six brothers and sisters went to school. In order to avoid a similar fate, he took the initiative to move to Addis Ababa where he supported himself for years by tutoring younger students. He is highly regarded by his fellow students and teachers.

2011: Dibekulu is now at Addis Ababa university studying engineering.

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Fikre

2011

2007: Fikre’s father abandone d the family to get remarried. His mother is illiterate and sells petty items at the local market. He has two younger sisters. They live in a hut made of plastic and iron sheets on the outside and plastered with newspapers on the inside to protect from the cold. However, Fikre manages to study hard and obtain top marks and he has plenty of energy and motivation to succeed.

2011: Fikre is now at Adama university studying medicine.

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Lense

2011

2007: Lense and her sister have lived with their Aunt since the death of their parents due to sickness some years ago. Lense is dedicated to her studies and she is fascinated by mankind’s development through the ages. Therefore, she wants to study Archaeology and Biology at university.

2011: Lense is now at Jimma university studying medicine.

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Seife

2011

2007: Seife has shown tremendous determination and passion to succeed in life. Despite a near impossible situation he has managed to not only survive but also achieve results that make us believe that he will be able to study at university one day.

2011: Seife is now at Addis Ababa university studying business and economics.

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Selamawit

2011

2007: Selamawit is our youngest EEF student. Her father is dead and she lives with her mother and four brothers and sisters in a very shabby house made of mud and without electricity or running water. Despite the day to day hardship, Selamawit comes across as a shy yet happy girl. The EEF board was particularly impressed by how concise and knowledgeable she was in explaining difficult scientific structures and has no doubt that she has a very bright future ahead of her.

2011: Selamawit is now at Addis Ababa university studying architecture.

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Temegnehush

2011

2007: Temegnehush’s parent’s are divorced and for some years she lived with her Father and his new wife, but was not encouraged in her studies. Luckily, her mother was able to find work and she and Temegnehush now live together in very basic conditions. Her favourite subjects are physics, chemistry and social studies. Temegnehush wants to study geology at university.

2011: Temegnehush is now at Arba Minch university studying medicine.

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Weynshet

2011

2007: Weyneshet is a very intelligent girl and very talented in science subjects, particularly mathematics. Her family is very poor but they support Weyneshet as much as they can. Weyneshet would like to be a doctor one day and we are sure she will be.

2011: Weyneshet is now at Gonder university studying medicine.

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2010

Amelmal

2010

2006: Amelmal’s favourite subjects are Mathematics and English and he likes to read fiction books. He is very energetic and wants to become a journalist and write for the big newspapers in Ethiopia.

2010: Amelmal is now at Adama University studying Medicine.

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Belay

2010

2006: Belay is an orphan and had to rely on himself since he was 8 years old. He is a true fighter and despite the hardship he had to endure, is well on course to go to university and study physics, which is his favourite subject.

2010: Belay is now studying Engineering at Gondar University.

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Bertukan

2010

2006: Bertukan has suffered a lot of personal misfortune but it has made her even stronger and more determined to go to university and change her life for the better. Her greatest wish is for Ethiopia to become renowned for positive reasons and not just for poverty and famines. No doubt she will do her part to make things better.

2010: Bertukan is now studying Health Science at Debre Birhan University.

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Endeshaw

2010

2006: Endeshaw left his family in the Ethiopian countryside at the age of 11 in order to be able to continue his education. He is doing exceptionally well and constantly achieves amazing results. He is determined to do well so that he can improve his family’s quality of life.

2010: Endeshaw is now at Gondar University studying Engineering.

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Fekadu

2010

2006: Fekadu’s dream is to help Ethipia to grow and develop into a successful country. He is determined to study hard to be able to do his part as an engineer.

2010: Fekadu is now studying Medicine at Adama University.

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Fekadu D

2010

2006: Together with his mother Fekadu came to Addis Ababa when his father died. Unfortunately his mother is very frail and she cannot give Fekadu much support. Hence Fekadu has to help out as much as he can. His determination to succeed is second to none and he will prove that he has everything he needs to go to university and fulfil his dream of becoming a doctor.

2010: Fekadu is now studying Medicine at Gondar University.

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Gizalem

2010

2006: Gizalem and his sisters are orphans. Gizalem is a great all-rounder with particular strength in science subjects. He would like to study physics and astronomy at university and we are certain that is what he will be able to do.

2010: Gizalem is now at Adama University studying Engineering.

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Hannan

2010

2006: Hannan is a very sparkly girl with tons of energy and a passion for natural sciences. She is keen to study pharmacy at university.

2010: Hannan is now at Addis Ababa University studying Health Science.

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Henok

2010

2006: Henok’s illiterate parents are very supportive of his studies but they are unable to help him. Therefore he has so far achieved everything for himself. He works after school and studies late at night or in the early hours of the morning to fulfil his dream, to study physics and astronomy.

2010: Henok is now at Addis Ababa University studying Engineering.

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Kassahun

2010

2006: Kassahun used to support himself by giving extra tuition to children from better off families who in return gave him food and a little room to sleep in. He is a very clever student and well on track to become a scientist one day.

2010: Kassahun is now studying engineering at Arba Minch University.

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Melaku

2010

2006: Melaku has really started to shine since joining the programme. He is a hard worker and we have complete faith in him going to university and becoming a role model one day.

2010: Melaku is now studying Engineering at Hawassa University.

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Mulugeta

2010

2006: Mulugeta is a human encyclopedia on astronomy. Planets and anything connected to them is what he is passionate about. He constantly achieves clear 100% in Physics and his dream is to work for NASA one day.

2010: Mulugeta is now studying Medicine at Haromaya University.

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Muluye

2010

2006: Muluye is an amazing girl. Her father died a few years ago and she lives with the mother and her younger brother in a tiny room made of mud. Despite all the hardship, Muluye’s results are fantastic and she continues to work hard to to be able to fulfil her dream to study medicine at university and become a doctor.

2010: Muluye is now studying Engineering at Adama University.

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Rahel

2010

2006: Rahel is one of our more quiet students. She has had many knock backs in her life but she is a fantastic student and very keen to pursue a career in science after university.

2010: Rahel is now studying Economics at Bahir Dar University.

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Seble Z

2010

2006: Seble is a remarkable girl, full of energy, passion and determination to succeed. We are certain that she will work tirelessly to achieve her dream to study medicine and become a doctor one day.

2010: Seble is now studying Health Science at Debre Markos University.

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Tadele D

2010

2006: Tadele lives with his two brothers in a mud house. His father is dead, and his mother is a farmer in the Ethiopian countryside. Tadele and his brothers are close but barely manage to even have the very basics in life. Despite his extremely desperate situation Tadele remains optimistic and positive about his future. With the amazing results he constantly achieves, so are we. Tadele wants to study engineering at university.

2010: Tadele is now at Gondar University studying Engineering.

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Tamirat

2010

2006: Tamirat left his family in the countryside of Ethiopia to come to Addis Ababa and continue his studies. He now lives with his grandparents and uncles who make a living by growing fruit and vegetables on a small plot of land. When we met him, Tamirat was working on the land in the morning before going to school and carrying fruit and vegetables to the market in the afternoon, only having time to concentrate on his studies late in the evening. The scholarship will give him the chance to realise his full potential.

2010: Tamirat is now studying Engineering at Arba Minch University.

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Tibebu M

2010

2006: Tibebu’s aunt recognised his thirst for knowledge and helped him leave the Ethiopian countryside behind and move to Addis Ababa to continue his education. He constantly achieves top results and he is heading for a medical career.

2010: Tibebu is now at Addis Ababa University studying Medicine.

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Tsegaw

2010

2006: Tsegaw studies 3-4 hours every day after school so that he will be able to go to university and study social science. He is aware of the importance of Ethiopia’s international links and wants to contribute that way to improve the quality of life for his fellow countrymen.

2010: Tsegaw is now studying Economics at Hawassa University.

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Tsehai T

2010

2006: Tsehai lives with her sister’s family who are very supportive of her studies. She is most interested in the science subjects and one day would like to study biology at university.

2010: Tsehai is now studying Health Science at Wollega University.

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Weynu Bade

2010

2006: Together with his younger brother Weynu left his family for Addis Ababa when his mother died a few years ago. despite his very difficult situation, Weynu is strongly committed to his studies and his brother and he constantly achieves amazing grades. He dreams of being able to go to university to have a chance to change his and his family’s life. We will make sure he will be able to fulfil his dream.

2010: Weynu is now studying Engineering at Gondar University.

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Zenedin

2010

2006: Zenedin is a mathematical genius and top of his class in most subjects. This is despite the fact that he has to look after his parents who are unwell. With his determination to succeed, Zenedin has a fantastic academic career ahead of him.

2010: Zenedin is now studying Medicine at Jimma University.

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2009

Dasash

2009

2005: Dasash has a big dream – to one day become a medical researcher so that she can help her fellow Ethiopians. With her impressive grades she is well on track to live her dream.

2009: Dasash is now studying engineering at Addis Ababa University.

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Ephrem

2009

2005: Ephrem was born in Jinka in Southern Ethiopia, and he was the inspiration for eef. He has adapted very well to his new environment at the School Of Tomorrow and he is studying very hard to become a mathematician/computer scientist.

2009: Ephrem is now studying Computer Science at Addis Ababa University.

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Esubalew K

2009

2005: Esubalew is a true fighter. Alone since 12 years of age, he has already good control over his life. He is a very bright student and would like to be a pilot for Ethiopian Airlines one day.

2009: Esubalew is now at Adama University studying Business Management

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Ethiopia M

2009

2005: Ethiopia makes the most of her situation. She is very ambitious and uses every minute of the day to read her books and to study hard for her exams. She wants to be a doctor one day.

2009: Ethiopia is now at university studying pharmacy.

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Jarra

2009

2005: Jarra is a ’doer’, he loves repairing things and would like to become an engineer after university. With his fantastic grades there is little doubt that he will be able to fulfil his ambition.

2009: Jarra is now studying engineering at Addis Ababa University.

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Misganawa

2009

2005: Misganaw is the mathematics genius of our students. His grades are amazing. He is not sure yet what he would like to study at university but whatever it will be, he has a very bright future ahead.

2009: Misganaw is now at Adama University studying Engineering.

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Muna

2009

2005: Muna lives with her mother and her sister. She is a popular and sparkly girl. She is working hard to go to university to become a doctor.

2009: And that is exactly what Muna is doing now, studying Medicine.

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Musbah D

2009

2005: Musbah lived rough on the streets of Addis Ababa when we were introduced to him by his head master who is very keen on Musbah’s studies. He enjoys excellent grades and is working very hard to become a doctor one day.

2010: Musbah is now studying Political Science at NYU in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on a full scholarship!

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Rakeb

2009

2005: Rakeb is the most confident of the girls and she prefers to play football with the boys in her breaks. In school, sciences are her favorite subjects and she would like to study chemistry and biology at university.

2009: Rakeb is now studying medicine at Harar University.

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Sisay F

2009

2005: After the death of his mother, Sisay’s only relative was his aunt who worked as a servant, washing clothes for neighbours and performing other day jobs. Her salary was not enough to feed Sisay, so he too had to work hard after school to be able to buy food for himself. Despite his hardship he remains optimistic. His results are amazing and he is well on track to becoming an engineer one day.

2009: Sisay is now studying Coumputer Science at Addis Ababa University.

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Tesfaye W

2009

2005: Tesfaye has set himself high targets. He wants to go to university and study politics. One day, he wants to lead the country as President. His grades back up his high ambitions.

2009: Tesfaye is now at Mekele University studying Engineering.

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Woubishet

2009

2005: Woubishet loves looking after his younger brothers and sisters. One day he would like to become a paediatrician. He gets up at 5:30am every morning to study hard so that he can make his dream come true.

2009: Woubishet is now at Addis Ababa University studying Medicine.

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