Zewudie Alamarewu is hard-working young man with a clear and achievable goal. He wants to complete a college degree in Business Studies so he can bring change to his homeland of Ethiopia. He finished his first semester at Menlo College with amazing grades and has only 4 more semesters left. In August he will be starting his second semester and he needs your help for his second semester and if possible the following 3 that follow.
Zewudie has already demonstrated uncommon courage in overcoming personal, health, and life challenges. He is a remarkably decent individual with a kind soul, a sweet disposition, and a relentless work ethic. He improves the lives of everyone he meets.
Zewudie grew up in a small, rural Ethiopian village without electricity or other basic amenities. At age 12 he was stricken with tuberculosis of the spine, one of the most serious forms of TB, known as Pott’s Disease, which is a kind of tuberculosis arthritis of the intervertebral joints. Without proper treatment, it is inevitably fatal as the extreme curvature of the spine eventually completely compromises the patient’s ability to breathe.
Zewudie’s family didn’t understand why he was suffering.
The local treatment available was limited to being strapped to a board in a misguided attempt to straighten his severely deformed spine. But his parents refused to give up and eventually brought him to Addis Ababa where Dr. Rick Hodes, an American doctor familiar with this disease, arranged for Zewudie to receive the urgent surgery he required in Ghana. His disease was already quite advanced, but surgeons successfully inserted metal rods in his back to allow him to regain the ability to walk and carry on a normal life.
Dr. Hodes saw Zewudie’s potential and arranged for him to attend high school in Ohio. He arrived as a high school junior, speaking little English. He succeeded in graduating and then Peggy Crookston, a friend of Dr. Hodes, helped Zewudie move to the San Francisco Bay Area where he has attended community college for two years. Zewudie cheerfully walks miles to catch the multiple buses needed to get him to school.
Now Zewudie has a chance to earn a BA in Business at Menlo College. He believes that this opportunity will help him make a difference to others for the rest of his life. His dream is to return to Ethiopia and set up schools to spread the knowledge of technology and global languages.
Zewudie’s goal is within reach. His dream of improving the lives of thousands in his African country can be a reality. All we need to do is raise the money for his tuition at Menlo College each semester.
We must raise $6,800 for his upcoming second semester 2017 tuition IMMEDIATELY by the August 15th.
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