Compassion International. He's between 8 and 10 years old. Birthdates are not generally kept up with in Ethiopia, so we don't know for sure. He was wearing a sharp looking suit. We complemented him on it, and he told us that he got it with the money we sent him for his birthday. (Which was only $30.) When we began sponsoring him, he was unable to attended school because of the financial strain that his family was under at the time. In his first letter to us, he asked up to pray for him to be able to go to school. So we did. And he attends school now. He told us that English is his favorite subject, and he likes math too. He looked so much different from the boy we saw in the first pictures from Compassion last year:
Here he is being instructed on how to operate a hand-crank flashlight that we gave him.We gave him a backpack full of school supplies and other items. His favorite gifts were a soccer ball and a calculator.
He won tickets at some of the games. Here he is counting the tickets with a park employee.
He chose to get a package of colored pencils and a bouncy ball with his tickets.
During lunch Tariku told us a little more about himself. We learned that he plays the drums for the younger children at his church. He told us that this was his first trip to the city and he rode a bus from his village to the city. It was his first time to ride a bus.
This was by far the best day we had on the trip. I'm really thankful to Compassion for setting this visit up!