Amanuel is born in southern part of Ethiopia in a city called Dilla. He lost both his parents at a very early age. Amanuel was an only child to his parents. He was raised by a woman who was a neighbor. After a while, his guardian had to go to another place to look for a job, so she told Amanuel to go search out for things that could help him survive and sustain himself. He came to Addis Ababa and started out life on the streets around a place called Bole. Then he found a guard who was nice enough to let him stay for one night. After a while he saw a boy riding a bicycle around bole and asked him if he would let him ride. After this Amanuel told his story to the boy and the boy took him to his house and introduced him to his parents. And the family let him stay for a year until Amanuel had a disagreement with the boy’s father. So the boy’s father brought Amanuel to an institution where children are kept for a while until they can be found for a potential caregiver.
After sometime the institutions gave Amanuel to Hold My Hand and he was able continue his education and receive basic need support. Amanuel is now happy with the other children at Hold My hand. He now has a family and a place to call home.
Get to know Amanuel
- What is your favorite subject in school and why?
Science, because it about Nature and human beings
- What do you wish to be when you grow up?
- What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
I like studying with the other kids at home
- What is your favorite food?
- Who is your role model? Who do you wish to be like and why?
Justin Bebier, because he is a good singer.
- Favorite thong to watch on TV?
Soccer game, Siefu on EBS
- If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
Tiger, because he is a very scary animal no one would mess with him or try to scare him.
- What is your favorite color?
- What is your favorite song?
Ene mifelegew (Aster Abebe)
- If you had all the power in the world to do whatever you wanted for 12 hours, what would you do?
I would open an organization to help elderly people.
- If you could give advice to other street children your age, what would you say to them?
I would advise them not to put themselves in danger and to protect themselves from different addictions.