Family Background

After his father’s death in 2015, John’s mother was struggling to bring up her five children on her own. Without a job, she was not able to make ends meet. Eventually in 2018 it was decided that John would move to Gambella to live with one of his aunts and two of the aunt’s sons. This allowed John to continue his education.


Living situation

They live around 90 minutes’ walk away from Gambella town centre and John walks this distance to school and back again every day. He knows that education is his only way out of poverty.

His aunt’s job is to collect firewood in the forest and to carry it into town to sell. She makes just enough money to provide the family with one meal of maze porridge each day. But the boys often go hungry and there are no funds for anything extra, particularly education materials.

They live in a mud hut with no electricity or water. When John has a free minute he studies by candle light.


Education and Ambition

Despite the hardship, John’s grades in grade 7 are very good. He scores an average of 93% and currently ranks 1st in his class of 82 students. His plan is to go to university to study engineering. He wants to build a bridge, a house, a road and a skyscraper!


Our Plan for John

John will join the EEF programme in summer 2020. In order for him to be able to fulfil his potential, we must find him a place to live nearer to the school (to be shared with one or two other eef students). This place will have small desk space and electricity so that they can study together, as well as mattresses to sleep on and some other basic items.

We will also provide him with

  • three meals per day: An egg, banana and bread (for breakfast), a traditional vegetable dish and occasionally meat (lunch) as well as their custom maze stew (dinner) which they will cook themselves.
  • Some new clothes each year
  • Study materials throughout his time at school.

Our support will be for grades 8 – 12.

After grade 8 (last year of primary school) there will be a review, based on his grades, to see if he will go to high school in Gambella, or if he will join our programme in Addis Ababa.

After grade 12 (last year of high school) he will go to university (our programme track record for university entrance is 100%) and we will continue to support him with a monthly allowance.

Sponsorship for John is only £400 per year. Please support him if you can!

Sponsorship for John is only £400 per year. Please support him if you can!



During your sponsorship we will send you

  • His two report cards per year (March and July)
  • Two short letters written by him each year (March and July)
  • 1-2 short reports on his progress each year (March and July)
  • 2-3 general EEF newsletters each year
  • Lots of regular updates about our overall programme on our website and on Facebook.