Wubalem was in 2nd grade when a couple in Minnesota sponsored her. HMCHA already knew her mother who had received two sheep from HMCHA when elders identified her as one of the poorest people in the village.
Later, Wubalem was placed on the list of waiting children. One of her chores was to take the sheep to graze . Unfortunately, they wandered off and into a field where they ate part of a neighbor’s crop. When he found out, the neighbor’s son beat Wubalem so badly she couldn’t stand or speak.
When a HMCHA mentor arrived for a family visit, he found her barely conscious and rushed her to the hospital. She was there for a week. Her mother says that HMCHA saved her daughter’s life.
Wubalem, who missed weeks of school during her recovery, again excels in school and has advanced to the 5th grade. With careful use of their HMCHA sponsorship money and by breeding sheep, the family has now built a better house with the help of neighbors.
Here is Wubalem’s letter to her sponsor:
“First of all, I would like to convey my greetings to you. How are you, my parents in America? Are you fine? I and my parent are fine. How are you, my mom? I love you so much. As you help me, may God give for you. God bless you, my mom, you took me from poverty, teach me, bought clothes for me. I love you as my mom. After you help me, I start to eat what I haven’t ever eaten. You did something good for me.”