case studies

Meet Kalkidan

Sponsorship: Kalkidan’s Story Kalkidan was born in Asebeteferi in the Oromiya region of Ethiopia in 1997. When she was five years old, Kalkidan’s mother died and her father married another woman. Kalkidan moved to Bishoftu to live with her uncle. Kalkidan’s father did not support her, so her uncle became her guardian but, after some …

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Meet Tibebe

Football Teams: Tibebe’s Story Together We Learn’s football team in Bishoftu is led by a young and dynamic coach called Tibebe who first approached the charity when he was 14 years old, young but with a big heart. Tibebe lives in Bishoftu with his parents, and has two sisters and one brother. Tibebe first heard …

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Meet Abdu

Kindu Klub: Abdu’s Story When Abdu’s mother first came to Together We Learn for sponsorship support, the family was living in very bad conditions and they didn’t have enough to eat. This extreme poverty resulted in malnutrition, a lack of hygiene and little hope for a better life. Abdu weighed only 3 kilos at the …

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Meet Solomon

Sponsorship: Solomon’s Story Solomon and his brother Addisu were orphans living as street children when they first heard about Together We Learn. Both of Solomon’s parents had died when he was young. Solomon’s father was an army captain and died in the Ethiopian civil war. Solomon’s mother later died after a long illness, the exact …

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Meet Selam

Football Teams: Selam’s Story Together We Learn supports girls to stay in school and, through education, gives them the skills they need in later life. Our girls’ football team gives girls a chance to take part in sports which were traditionally just seen as boys’ activities. The team is an important space for them to …

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Meet Anteneh

Sponsorship: Anteneh’s Story Anteneh was born in a small village in the Amhara region in 1995. He grew up with little support from his mother or his father; his parents never married and both started separate families. After enrolling in grade one, Anteneh walked seven kilometers each day to attend his nearest elementary school. Before …

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