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Families in Ethiopia, Guatemala and India live in extreme poverty. Every day, they fight off hunger, disease, violence and the instability that threatens to tear them apart. Children are the most vulnerable of all, and they don’t deserve to live in fear and without hope. They wonder: What will happen to my family? Will I eat today? Can I go to school? When will my life change for the better?

When you become a sponsor, you do more than show your child that you care. You change their life. Your support provides customized, one-to-one support and resources that your child and their family need to thrive. You’ll stay connected with your child through photos, letters and personal updates. The impact your kindness is making will warm your heart, knowing you’re personally helping a vulnerable child and their family change the course of their future.

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Name: Irma

Country: Guatemala

Age: 4

Irma


Country: Guatemala

Age: 4


Irma is a typical 4-year-old who loves to play. She lives with her parents and five siblings. Her three oldest sisters dropped out of school after sixth grade and now all work as house cleaners or full-time babysitters. Her two younger siblings are still in elementary school. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant no in-person classes since the start of 2021; students go to the school once a week to collect homework assignments and turn in the previous week’s assignments. Those in the sponsorship program get help with homework from staff and local volunteers. Will you sponsor Irma today and give her the support she needs to stay in school and have more opportunities in the future?
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Name: Fekiru

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 10

Fekiru


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 10


Fekiru lives in Ethiopia with his mother and two younger sisters. They live in an old hut-style home made of grass and branches, which is in a state of disrepair. The recent death of his father has put this family into crisis. Fekiru’s mother has tried to sustain the family by growing crops to eat and sell, but circumstances beyond her control have made this impossible. Despite the extreme challenges he faces, Fekiru is described as a boy who loves school and is especially fond of environmental science. Will you sponsor Fekiru and make sure he goes to school with a full belly and the materials he needs to study? This would change his future.
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Name: Dejene

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 12

Dejene


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 12


Dejene is 12 years old. He lives with his mom and his older sister in Ethiopia. After the recent loss of his father, his mother has struggled to earn enough money to provide the basics like food, clothing and schooling for her children. Dejene loves school and his mother describes him as happy and helpful. He recently helped his mother and sister plant false banana on their small plot. Their intention was to provide a food source for the family and generate some income by selling what they didn't need. But poor weather and other conditions resulted in a failed crop. Dejene and his family are extremely vulnerable. Will you sponsor him and change the outcome for him and his whole family?
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Name: Shibira

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 10

Shibira


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 10


Shibira is a 10-year-old girl living with her parents and three siblings in Ethiopia. Her father is ill and unable to work, so the responsibility of earning an income to support this family of five falls solely on her Mom. When work is available as a day laborer doing laundry, cooking or other odd jobs, her mother takes on everything she can. Still, it's not enough to support the family. They can't afford to eat regularly or to pay for the basics like clothing, soap and school supplies. Despite the challenges she faces, Shibira loves school and ranks 5th in her class of 42 students. She tells her teacher that if she had everything she needed for school, she'd be an even better student. A sponsorship for Shibira would not only give her the basic necessities for living like food and clothing, but it would also provide her with the means to stay in school and to change her future. Will you sponsor her today?
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Name: Mulutsega

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 8

Mulutsega


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 8


Mulutsega lives in Ethiopia with his mother and younger brother. The family sleeps together on the floor each night -- they live in a one-room house made of corrugated iron sheeting. Mulutsega is 8 years old and is in 1st grade. His favorite subject is mathematics. Despite his single mother’s efforts to earn money for food, soap, school supplies and other necessities, sporadic work opportunities selling injera or as a cleaner are not enough. His mother knows and values the importance of education, but Mulutsega often attends school hungry and without a pencil, paper or workbook. Will you sponsor Mulutsega and change the course of his life?
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Name: Natinael

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 11

Natinael


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 11


Natinael is 11 years old and lives with his single mother and older sister in Ethiopia. They live in a very small one-room home with only enough room for one single bed that they share. Natinael likes to read and enjoys school, although he often has to attend on an empty stomach and without the paper and pencil needed to do his work. His mother works when she can find employment as a house cleaner, but her income is not nearly enough to cover their basic living expenses. Will you become Natinael’s sponsor today and give him the helping hand he needs to change his future?
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Name: Masamo

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 12

Masamo


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 12


Masamo lives with his parents and his three younger sisters in a small farming community in Ethiopia. He is 10 years old. Their family home is a very small one room grass and mud dwelling. Although his father has experience farming, he is unable to work their small plot of land due to chronic illness. This leaves Masamo’s mother as the sole income earner for this family. With Masamo’s help, she tried to plant and grow both enough food for her family and some to sell. But because of some unforeseen circumstances, including poor weather, this didn't work out. Masamo and his family struggle every day and often go without food. Clothing, soap and school supplies are mostly beyond their reach. Will you sponsor Masamo so he and his family can get enough food to keep them healthy, and the kids can go to school?
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Name: Meaza

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 10

Meaza


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 10


Meaza is 10 years old. She and her five older siblings live in Ethiopia with their mother in a rented single room. Her mother says Meaza loves going to school when she can and that she especially likes art class. Meaza's father passed away some years ago, leaving her mother solely responsible for looking after her family. But Meaza's mother suffers from a chronic illness and is often unable to work. When she is well enough and can afford supplies, she makes and sells injera bread, and Meaza’s eldest brother earns a small wage shining shoes. But combined, these don't come close to bringing in the income the family needs to survive. Will you sponsor Meaza so she and her family get the helping hand they need? She would love to go to school every day on a full belly and with school supplies.
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Name: Biruktawit

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 6

Biruktawit


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 6


Biruktawit is six years old and loves school - but is currently at risk of being denied access to it. Her mother, who is raising her family on her own, is unable to pay the fees. Despite her efforts to find consistent work and income to provide for Birkutawit and her baby sister, her mother is only able to find work on occasion as a day laborer or cook. This sporadic income does not cover basics like food, adequate shelter, clothing or school supplies. They currently live in a rented one-room structure made of iron sheeting. There is often no money for food. Will you sponsor Biruktawit so she and her family can have the food they need and she can attend school and change her future?
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Name: Biruk

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 10

Biruk


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 10


At school, Biruk ranks first in his class of 40 students, despite not having basic school supplies. His mother and teachers describe him as a very bright, hard-working boy who is kind to everyone. At home, Biruk, his mother and two older siblings barely have enough food or suitable shelter. His family of four live together in one very small, rented room in western Ethiopia. His mother works whenever she can washing clothes and cleaning, but work is very scarce, so this family has no reliable source of income. Biruk really needs a helping hand. Will you sponsor Biruk and give this promising young boy the help he needs? Sponsorship would change his future and help his family break out of their poverty cycle.
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Name: Amute

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 11

Amute


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 11


Amute loves playing soccer with his friends. He lives in southern Ethiopia with his mother and five siblings. This large family lives in a very small one-room house with no electricity or running water. Amute’s single mother works as a cook, but her income is not enough to cover the basics like food and clothing for her family. Amute is often unable to attend school due to lack of materials and when he does attend, he very often goes hungry. Will you sponsor Amute and provide him with enough to eat and the chance to attend school and thrive?
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Name: Bezawit

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 5

Bezawit


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 5


Bezawit is 5. Her favorite subjects in kindergarten are music and art. Her mom describes her as happy, helpful and easy-going, despite the extreme challenges she faces every day. Bezawit lives in southern Ethiopia with her Mom and two older brothers in a single room with one bed. Her single mother has always struggled to earn enough selling tea to provide for the family. When the pandemic closed all businesses, there was no work – creating a dire situation for this already-vulnerable family. A sponsorship for Bezawit would give this little one and her family the life-saving support they need.
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Name: Abush

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 12

Abush


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 12


Abush lives in southern Ethiopia with his mother and younger sister in a single small, rented room. They are at risk of being evicted as Abush’s mother has been unable to pay the rent for some time. Abush’s father recently passed away and the work his mom is able to find as a cleaner is not enough to cover the basic necessities for her family. Abush is described as smart, mature and helpful. Will you sponsor this young boy so he and his family get the food and school supplies they need?
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Name: Abush

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 12

Abush


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 12


Abush lives in southern Ethiopia with his mother and two older sisters. They share a small single room in a structure made of corrugated iron. His mother does what she can to provide for her family, working as a cleaner when the opportunity arises and making and selling injera bread. Despite her efforts, her earnings don't cover her family's basic needs. She worries because Abush often goes without food, clothing or school supplies. Despite the incredible daily hardship this bright 12-year-old boy faces, he's a good student -- Abush ranks third in his class of 60. Imagine what he could accomplish if he always had food and school supplies! A sponsorship would provide those things for him. Will you become his sponsor and give him the life-changing support he needs?
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Name: Tsion

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 12

Tsion


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 12


Tsion is twelve years old. She lives with her mother and four sisters in Southern Ethiopia. She recently lost her father and her already-vulnerable family now needs a helping hand more than ever. The family relied on the income her father earned farming their land. While her mother is working to support the children, she is unable to meet their basic needs. Tsion loves school and is a good student, but often attends school on an empty stomach and without any supplies. Her mom describes her as happy, easy-going and helpful. Will you sponsor Tsion so she can stay in school and have enough food to eat?
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Name: Yohannes

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 11

Yohannes


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 11


Despite his challenging circumstances, Yohannes is a great student. He is eleven years old and ranks first in his 3rd grade class of 47 students! He lives with his mother and older brother in Southern Ethiopia. The family of three lives together in one very small room in a rented house made from mud with a grass roof. Farming was the primary source of income for this family before the recent passing of Yohannes’ father. Since then, his mother does her best, baking and selling injera and occasionally working as a house keeper. Her income does not allow the family to meet their basic needs, which means that Yohannes often goes to school without food or supplies. His mom describes him as a happy, optimistic and respectful child, who is kind to everyone. She has high hopes of Yohannes staying in school and for a brighter future for her family. A sponsorship for Yohannes would be the life-changing step they need in that direction.
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Name: Mayra

Country: Guatemala

Age: 10

Mayra


Country: Guatemala

Age: 10


Mayra lives in the small rural community of Las Minas with her mother, father and five siblings on land owned by her grandmother. Their very small house is made of adobe with a metal roof and dirt floor. Mayra’s father is employed as a bricklayer and travels miles to and from jobs on his bicycle. Despite his hard work, he doesn't earn enough to support the basic needs of the family. Mayra likes to study, but finds it hard to study from home -- she doesn't have a table where she can sit and do her homework, so she uses a chair as a table. Will you sponsor Mayra so she can continue with her education and change the future for herself and her family?
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Name: Agegnehu

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 10

Agegnehu


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 10


Agegnehu loves to play with the children his age in his village. He is active and thought of by all as very respectful and sociable. His mother is raising him and his younger brother alone and works hard, but struggles to meet their basic needs for living. Agegnehu helps to care for his brother if his mother is able to earn income as a day laborer and also helps his mother in her attempts to grow food for the family of three to eat. These limited opportunities for resources and income have been all but eliminated with COVID-19 and the current unrest in Ethiopia. A sponsorship for Agegnehu would bring the basic nutritional resources necessary for survival to him and his family. Are you the sponsor who changes this young boy's life?
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Name: Emely

Country: Guatemala

Age: 4

Emely


Country: Guatemala

Age: 4


Emely lives in the rural community of Las Minas with her parents and four siblings. Her family of six lives in a home on her grandparent’s land made of wooden planks and sheets of aluminum. Emely is four years old and loves learning in preschool and playing with her friends and older siblings. Both of Emely’s parents were fortunate to finish middle school, an unusual accomplishment in their community. However, their family’s income is less than $100 per month and although education is very important to them, they struggle to pay for their children’s education. Sponsorship would enable Emely to continue in school and would be life changing for her.
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Name: Ana Maria

Country: Guatemala

Age: 5

Ana Maria


Country: Guatemala

Age: 5


Ana Maria is 5 years old. She lives in the small rural area of Las Minas with her parents and three siblings. Ana Maria’s father works as a bricklayer in their small community. Her siblings dropped out of school after sixth grade, which is common in this community; they lacked the necessary school supplies and the family needed them to begin working. Ana Maria’s parents dream of her going further and graduating from high school. Sponsorship will be very important, even life changing, for this little one and her family.
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