Meet Sisay

Aged 7, Ethiopia

Sisay lives with her mother and older brother in a small rented mud house. The family do not have a bed or good furniture. They cook their meals over a charcoal fire. Sadly Sisay's father died in a car accident when she was only 4 years old. Sisay's mother struggles to work due to health problems which affects her mobility. Due to this she cannot go far from their house, and so tries to provide for her children by making and selling local drinks from home. It is difficult to make ends meet and also pay for school fees.

Sisay has now been accepted into the care of Stand by Me, and with sponsorship support she has access to a nutritious diet, healthcare, uniform and shoes, and most importantly, a great quality education. Sisay is a very happy child. She is welcoming, courageous and disciplined. She likes to play swing and jumping over ropes. Sisay loves reading and learning English and would like to be a doctor when she grows up. Sisay and her family attend a local church for worship.

Where Sisay lives

Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world. Famine, HIV/Aids and extreme poverty have resulted in millions of orphans and a life of hardship for the majority of its population. Nearly one million children are orphaned as a result of HIV/Aids. A lack of investment in education and a high dependency on child labour has left five million children without access to an education. Educational opportunities for girls are lower than boys as they are expected to do domestic work or marry at an early age.

Our two schools, the Bethany School and the Abdi Academy are today providing the poorest children with a quality education, daily food, health care and family support. Our Children’s Village has two family homes which care for orphaned and at risk children. 

How your donation is used

92% of your donation will be used to directly provide the best care possible for Sisay. We’ll use the remaining 8% to support the work of Stand by Me and find a sponsor for the next child.

What you receive

When you sponsor Sisay you will receive a pack in the post with his story and photo. Every year you will receive an update about his/her progress, a new photo and at least one communication from him/her.

Real relationship

We know our kids love to receive your letters and write back so we encourage you to write as many letters as you like, along with photos and birthday gifts to develop a genuine relationship.

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