Bereket Tamirat is an inquisitive 13 year old who lives with his brother and grandmother. Bereket was raised by his mother, Hewan, who was always a hard working single mom. She provided for Bereket and his brother single handedly and to the best of her ability, even if it meant she went hungry or without shoes.
Working as a day laborer doing whatever back breaking work was required, sometimes breaking up and carrying rocks for construction work, Hewan severely hurt her back. Her injury not only made her unable to work and provide for her boys but she had to go to a hospital in Addis to receive treatment. This has been a difficult situation for everyone because Hewan and her boys miss each other terribly and the care of the boys has fallen to Hewan’s mother. The boy’s grandmother does her best to provide for them through her husband’s military pension – which is around $16 USD a month – and by watching a child during the week while his mother works. Even so, no matter how she tries to stretch it, it is never enough.
Bereket attends the BCI Academy in grade 7 and wants to be an engineer when he grows up. Like most boys, Bereket loves to play soccer with his best friend Yetemgeta and his favorite color is green. Berekets’s inquisitiveness and desire to know and understand things comes out when we asked him where he would travel to, if he could go anywhere in the world. Bereket told us he’d go to Italy because 111 years ago, the Italians tried to help colonize Ethiopia and he wants to meet them, to see their culture and to know their story.
This curious young boy is still in need of a full $90/mo sponsorship. He is also in need of food, a blanket and a mattress as the entire sleeps on straw on the floor.
Can you help break the cycle of poverty and hunger for this eager young boy? A sponsorship will provide Bereket two healthy, well balanced meals at the BCI Academy and ensure that he continues to receive a good education – which is the foundation of a good future!
You can make a one-time donation or sign up for a sponsorship online, via phone or mail.
Online | www.blessingthechildren.org
Phone | 989.667.8850
Mail | Blessing the Children, 2265 Fraser Road, Kawkawlin, MI 48631