“My name is Tigiste. I’m 13 years old and I’m in seventh grade. When the school had to close because of the Co-id-19, it was a shock for me. I have always been a good student who worked hard. Now I thought all my hard work was for naught because my family can’t afford a radio or television. So I didn’t see how I could take distance learning. I was discouraged and felt abandoned.
Finally, the SOS Children’s Village team came to us and brought us a solar powered radio. I was incredibly excited and felt like I had been given my future back!
Since we don’t have a table at home, I sit on a bench to study and the radio is next to me. During the school program, I am constantly taking notes. Classes are taught in English and in our language, Tigrinya. The teachers do their best to explain everything well and to make the lessons entertaining. Music is played between classes. So we stay awake and focused on the subject. It’s a shame you can’t ask questions!
During class, I don’t have to help with chores because my mom knows that education is important. After school, I put the solar radio on the roof to charge it. I’m glad we don’t have to buy batteries because we couldn’t afford them. My mother’s income is barely enough for the bare necessities. I am concerned about our living conditions. Fortunately, at least I don’t have to worry about my schooling because I know someone will help me, even if my mom can’t. I want to go to college one day and study medicine. With that, I want to contribute to the betterment of the people around me. When I have enough money, I will buy my mother a better house.”