Bemenet Olana is a smart, beautiful and selfless 11 year old who loves to dance. She lives with her mom and four siblings and with six people in the house, half of whom are boys, food often runs thin. Bemnet’s father is a former soldier who was badly injured by a bullet and is permanently disabled. Her mother and her father met while he was in a military rehabilitation camp in Debre Zeyit. Her father has always lived close to his family in Debre Zeyit however when his camp moved to the capital city, Addis Ababa, he moved as well with a doctor’s recommendation. Bemenet is able to see her dad monthly but she still misses him terribly.
Currently Bemenet’s family lives off of her father’s pension which is equivalent to $17 USD a month and her mother works as a daily laborer to supplement their income. There still isn’t enough money to keep food on the table and provide them with clothes, shoes and other necessities.
Bemnet works hard at her schooling in grade six and it shows as she is in the top of her class. Her favorite subject is math and her least favorite is English. When she grows up, she wants to be an engineer. When she is not in school, Bemnet helps her family by washing dishes and doing other house work. She also studies and focuses on homework. She enjoys playing hide and seek with her friends and loves to run. When asked to describe herself, she said she loves to spend time with her family and friends, telling jokes and talking. She also said she loves school and it is an important part of her life. Bemnet loves to dance and thinks she’s pretty good at it too.
Bemnet’s social worker says that Bemnet is very modest and that she likes to help other people. She is very caring and aware of others. If Bemnet is on a taxi bus and sees that an older person needs a seat, she will quickly move and give up her seat for them. Bemnet has been in the BCI program for over a year now but still has not been chosen for a sponsorship. She is currently in need of $90/mo in sponsorship and a new backpack for school.
Would you be able to provide this quiet yet fun 11 year old with a sponsorship? Perhaps you can share her need with someone or make a one-time donation of love towards her support?
You can make a one-time donation or sign up for a sponsorship online, via phone or mail.
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