Fourteen-year-old Amara has fought for her right to an education her entire life. She never gave up.
When her father died and her mother couldn’t afford to send her to school, Amara just fought harder. She knew that if she armed herself with knowledge, she could make a difference in the world.
“I remember one day taking my mum to the market where I sincerely asked one of the grocers to buy school books and pencils for me,” Amara told us. “He did it! And from then on I began to persuade my friends and generous people to buy school supplies for me.”
Amara used this strategy to keep herself in class all the way through primary and junior school. A diploma which congratulates her on being one of the best students in the school hangs proudly on the wall at home.
Then three years ago, Amara’s mother approached our SOS team in Jimma, Ethiopia, for help for her daughter.
“I faced many challenges before,” Amara explained, “but SOS made sure I got the school books and supplies I needed. I was very motivated to continue my education, I love to learn.”
Amara is determined to put her knowledge to the best use by becoming a doctor – a skill that is desperately needed in her community.
“I see so many children and adults in my city that are affected by disease. I would like to improve health care, especially for children,” Amara told us.
“One day I will go to university and educate myself as a doctor. That way, I can help develop our society.”
Amara is getting top marks in science, which is her favorite subject at school, and is well on her way to making her dream a reality. But she also wants to be a role model for other children in Ethiopia.
“I want to inspire children to be responsible citizens in their communities and encourage them to study hard and engage in the future of our community,” she shared.
"I will tell them that if you work hard and do your best, there is no reason to believe that you will not succeed."