Meet Yakob, Yisik, and Mussie Dereje, three brothers who have one baby sister named Lydia. They live with their mom and dad who are both HIV+ in the 2 room house pictured above. The kids are not HIV+. Yakob is fully sponsored however the other two are only partially sponsored. The kids have been in the program for 7 years except for Mussie as he has been a program kid for 2 years.
When Mussie grows older he wants to be an engineer and Yakob wants to be a doctor. Yisik didn't have an answer at the time. They are all attending BCI Academy and currently are preparing for a week of final exams. A normal weekend for them is spent washing clothes and attending their church, Meserete Kristos (the downtown branch). Monday through Friday they go to school, read, study, and play with their friends. They like going to church, playing and walking with their friends in their spare time. If they ever traveled to another country Yakob says he would miss his friends, Yisik says he would miss the shiro, and Mussie would miss dabo (bread). If the boys ever did get to travel to another country, Yisik says he would like to travel to Arab countries to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, while Yakob would like to go to America and Mussie would go to Canada both to see their sponsors.
On the summer break (coming up in two weeks), they plan on helping their mom, playing and visiting another village. When asked about their personality, character, and what makes them who they are, the boys took their time in thinking about their answer. Yisik says he likes playing but gets grumpy and cries sometimes. He likes that he can keep peace with his friends as much as he can but doesn't like that he gets angry at times with them. Yakob says he is tolerant to a point but when he reaches his breaking point, it takes a long time for him to calm down. He likes to pray and is a clever student. Mussie likes playing and that's all we got from him on the subject.
Yisik, Mussie, and Yakob
in order from left to right
They would tell their sponsors to pray for them, that they always pray for them and they miss them. They would like you to pray for their education. Yakob is in grade 4 and is 10 years old, Yisik is in grade 6 and is 12 years old, and Mussie is in grade 1 at 7 years old. As for their favorite subject, Yakob's favorite subject is science, Yisik likes math, and Mussie enjoys Amharic. The boys find studying the English language hard, whether it is Spoken English or English Grammar.
Currently the family could use a new mattress for the boys to sleep on as they have and are outgrowing their current one that all three boys share. The price for a large mattress is roughly 1800 birr or about $40 USD. The mom also mentioned they needed teff to make injera and for one month for a family that size, the estimate cost for the purchase of teff is between 400-500 birr or $20-$25 USD. If you would like to help deliver these items so the family gets all they have asked for, please contact me for further information as I would love to go shopping for this family.