Edilawit, 11, is a Grade 6 student. She first joined World Vision’s sponsorship program when she was four. “Maths is my favourite subject. I want to be a paediatrician because I love children. I love World Vision because they provide me with educational materials, cloth, chickens, and other materials. I know that World Vision loves me and cares for me,” said Edilawit.
Sponsorship has also supported Grade 6 student Kalkidan in working towards her goals: “I want to be an engineer so as to build roads, bridges and big buildings [for] my community,” she said. And in Mehal Meda, children’s dreams are becoming reality. The region is producing young professionals in a range of disciplines, with 220 local students attending university.
Former sponsored child Mebrat, 21, is among the local students who have joined university – he’s pursuing civil engineering at Wachamo University. “World Vision is the reason for my success. It provided me [with] educational material, rewarded me (bags and supplementary books) for achieving outstanding results in my education. There are many children supported by World Vision who are now in school, in universities, and on different work. World Vision’s contribution is immense – its name is synonymous with hospital, school, clean water, and agricultural inputs in the community,” Mebrat explained happily.
Tamire is a history teacher at Zemero preparatory school. He says World Vision’s contribution has been huge: “World Vision is everything for the children, families, and the community. We are transformed because of its life changing intervention.”