Eyob Teklu is a bright, creative, and hard working 19-year-old who was one of the first children to join the BCI program in 2008.
Eyob lives with his mother, younger sister, and grandmother. His mother had him at the very young age of 14 and unfortunately, when her parents couldn’t accept their pregnant daughter, they kicked her out. Eyob’s father was not around, so that forced his mother to raise him on her own. One can only imagine how hard it would be for such a young girl to raise a child, with no family support and no income. Thankfully, BCI discovered Eyob in April 2008 when he was 11 years old and he became one of the first children sponsored through the program.
Eyob is a very bright young man. As he got older, his mom, sister, teachers, the school principal, and his friends all expected a lot from him. They could see him going places and furthering his education but for reasons only God knows, when it came time to take his tenth grade pre-college qualification exam, he didn’t pass. This was very unexpected and extremely disappointing for Eyob, who had worked so hard in school and had his own dreams of being successful. He believed that this was his one ticket to a better future for his family and him.
For quite some time, Eyob was angry at life and at God. He felt defeated and hated everything. But when all seemed lost, God intervened. He spoke to Eyob through his friends, who encouraged Eyob to not give up, but to explore another path. With this urging, Eyob registered for Technical and Vocational Training (TVT) the very next year and began studying to be a chef.
Now, Eyob’s life is completely different. After spending a half-day in vocational training, he goes to work in the afternoon at a restaurant called Dyrt as an assistant chef. Eyob gets to bake and makes bread, pizza and beautiful cakes. For now, depending on the work he does, he is paid a minimum of 1000 birr ($45 USD) per month.Eyob is a visionary with a lot of dreams and aspirations. He is not the kind of person who sits around waiting for things to happen. If he wants something, he will do everything he can to make sure that he gets it. Just talking with Eyob you can see his passion and sense that he has the makings of a great leader.
Eyob is also very responsible, saving every extra penny he gets and making sure his mother and sister are taken care of. Eyob has been through a lot in life with never knowing his father and having vision problems but this hasn’t stopped him from working hard and dreaming big. Eyob’s biggest goal is to one day open his own restaurant and when asked if he thinks he is successful he replied, “I am not successful yet, but I am on my way”. Above all, Eyob is very thankful for what has happened in his life and would especially like to thank his sponsors and BCI for everything they have done for him
Eyob’s story is a prime example of why we do what we do. Your sponsorship makes a difference. Your sponsorship changes lives. Just imagine, what will your sponsored child grow up to be?