“I am very glad to see my aunt and brother happy because of my achievements. They have sacrificed their lives for me. I just got my first semester report card and I found out that I am top of my class. My hard work of waking up at 4:00 in the morning to study for three hours before school has paid off. Since I was a child, I have dreamt of going to law school to become a lawyer who stands for truth and justice. Whenever I get good grades, I am reminded that anything is possible, even my dreams to become a lawyer. When I lost both my parents, I thought my life would never be the same again. I lost my parents, one two weeks after the other.

“My mother used to tell me that education is the only way out of poverty. Even though living without my parents is very hard, I have made a promise to be brave and study as they would have wanted me to. I wanted to be a daughter they can be proud of. My brother, Esubalew, used to work at the garbage dump collecting and selling valuable trash. With the money he earned, he supported our family and paid my tuition and supplies for me to continue my education. He stopped going to school because there was not enough money for him after all the expenses for our family. Although I was grateful for him, seeing my brother covered with dirt every day was very hard for me.

“Two years ago, International Samaritan changed our stories. With the Step by Step Scholarship, my brother was able to go back to school because my tuition fees and school supplies were all covered by the scholarship. Now, I can attend school without guilt that I was living a good life at the expense of my brother’s opportunity to achieve his dream. I am very sure my parents are happy to see us having a good life from heaven. I have no words but to say that I am thankful for International Samaritan for taking the role of a guardian, a coach, and an extended family for me and my brother.”