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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: Sandra

Country: Guatemala

Age: 10

Sandra


Country: Guatemala

Age: 10


Sandra lives in a small rural community with her mother and two siblings. Her mother, Rosa, is a single mom who washes clothing or cleans produce when the work is available. She doesn’t have a full-time job. Sandra's older siblings work with their mother when they can to help cover the family’s expenses. Rosa dropped out of school in the third grade and never learned to read or write. Even though she has few resources, it’s important to her that her children continue to study. The continuing pandemic has made this year even more difficult than normal. Rosa has had fewer job opportunities and her daughters have fallen behind in their classes without the in-person support of teachers. Will you sponsor Sandra so she can focus on her education, knowing that her family is getting the food and support they need?
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Name: Wendy

Country: Guatemala

Age: 16

Wendy


Country: Guatemala

Age: 16


Wendy lives in a small rural community with her mother and two siblings. Her mother, Rosa, is a single mom who washes clothing or cleans produce when the work is available. She doesn't have a full-time job. Wendy and her brother work with their mother when they can to help cover the family’s expenses. Rosa dropped out of school in the third grade and never learned to read or write. Even though she has few resources, it's important to her that her children continue to study. The continuing pandemic has made this year even more difficult than normal. Rosa has had fewer job opportunities and her daughters have fallen behind in their classes without the in-person support of teachers. Will you sponsor Wendy so she can focus on her education, knowing that her family is getting the food and support they need?
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Name: Antonia

Country: Guatemala

Age: 16

Antonia


Country: Guatemala

Age: 16


Antonia lives in a small rural community with her mother, siblings, grandmother, aunt, and her grandmother’s husband. Even though her father abandoned the family, they still live with her paternal grandmother -- they had nowhere else to go. Her mother washes clothing for a living and Antonia helps her grandmother make traditional clothing. Antonia has found this year with its remote classes really hard. She has difficulty understanding the homework and has struggled completing assignments. The tutoring and educational resources provided by the sponsorship program would help Antonia so much. Will you sponsor her so she can get this help and continue her education?
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Name: Oscar

Country: Guatemala

Age: 13

Oscar


Country: Guatemala

Age: 13


Oscar lives in a small rural community with his parents and three younger siblings. The family of six lives in a home made from cement block and has a dirt floor. Oscar’s father never attended school and is illiterate, and his mother completed middle school. Oscar completed his first two years of middle school, but this year has been a struggle financially because of remote learning. He needs a data plan and access to a printer for his schoolwork. The expense has been difficult for his family to cover as only his father works. Will you sponsor Oscar today so he can stay in school and change his future?
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Name: Maria

Country: Guatemala

Age: 14

Maria


Country: Guatemala

Age: 14


Maria lives in a small rural community with her parents, three siblings, and her grandmother. Her mother stays at home and takes care of the family while her father works as a day laborer. Maria’s mother and grandmother did not receive any formal education and are illiterate. Due to the pandemic, Maria’s education has moved online, and her family finds it difficult to pay for the cell phone data and printing she needs for her assignments. She has started working as a nanny twice per week to cover these expenses. Will you sponsor Maria so she can focus on her education and change her future?
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Name: Otilia

Country: Guatemala

Age: 16

Otilia


Country: Guatemala

Age: 16


Otilia lives in a small rural community with her parents and two siblings. They live in a house with a dirt floor and walls made of wood and corrugated metal. Both of Otilia’s parents are illiterate -- neither received any formal education. Otilia completed her first year of middle school, but was unable to study this year due to the extra expenses required by the pandemic-related shift to online learning. Her family couldn't afford the data plans and access to a printer Otilia needed. Are you ready to sponsor Otilia so she can return to school and change her 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: 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: Natnael

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 11

Natnael


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 11


Natnael 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. Natnael 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 Natnael’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: 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: 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: 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: Haben

Country: Ethiopia

Age: 14

Haben


Country: Ethiopia

Age: 14


Haben lives with his mother and brother in a small hut in Mekelle zone in Ethiopia. Haben’s mother is unable to work – leaving the family with no means to meet even their basic needs.Haben enjoys learning and attends school but does so without any of the supplies required for the classroom and often arrives on an empty stomach. When he is able to attend school he receives lunch there – however he has recently missed over four months of school and lunches due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your sponsorship would provide life changing relief to this child and his family.
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