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Closing the Poverty Gap in Classrooms

WRITTEN BY STAFF WRITER

When you don’t have what the other kids have, school can be pretty rough. 

Trying to hide the hole in your shoes, the fade in your clothes, the fact that you don’t even have a pencil to take notes takes a toll on your self-esteem – and your grades.
LEFT TO RIGHT: GARBELE, EBSA, BELETA, BEBELAA
These four young men fell into the lowest income bracket in their classes, and their attitude and performance at school reflected their struggles at home. 

When they joined the Food for the Hungry Child Sponsorship program, however, things started to turn around. They were given brand new uniforms and ample school supplies. Their parents received income-generating tools and training. Their siblings gained access to health care. Someone was finally taking the time to help their families succeed. 

With new-found pride and hope, they soared to the top of their classes.

When asked why their behavior and grades have so dramatically improved, they poignantly reply,

“Not having the basic things we need has created a gulf between us and the society we are a part of. We have had limited interaction with the rest of society.

"FH Ethiopia rescued us with the CFCT program. We have experienced a dramatic change. Thanks to FH Ethiopia, now we can equally interact with others. This has given us freedom and peace of mind. This is why essential character changes and academic excellence are visible in our lives.”

Find out more about FH work in Ethiopia. 

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