From the age of 12, Ezathullah was a ‘Spandi*’ on the streets of Kabul, getting up at 4:30am to go to work. For two years before that, he wove carpets with his mother, ...the time he should’ve been in school and having fun with other boys.
In 2016 'A More Balanced World' committed to pay his wages so that he could stop being a child laborer and focus on school, instead. Ezat’s attitude and work ethic earned him funding by the Bamyan Foundation, to attend a private high school! He is now 15 and studying in 8th grade.
Ezat likes walking on the streets, in his spare time (without having to work!), reading, swimming, and bicycling. He wants to become a doctor to help the underprivileged be hopeful, as he is.
* A spandi is someone who sells the smoke from the herb Espand to ward off evil spirits
Pratik Tanaji Jadhav
Dear Madam Mandy
I am writing to thank you and your organization for your generous monetary support towards my education. It was very difficult for my mother to manage home and my education without this support. Your support has allowed me to concentrate on my studies and has inspired me to help others.
I also want to thank Sangeeta Madam and Rohini Madam for extending this help to me and my family.
I want to let you know I am doing very good at school and will continue to do so.
This semester I scored 81%.
Once again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Wit regards and lots of love and affection,
Pratik Tanaji Jadhav – Maharashtra, India
At the young age of 7, Razi found herself having to quit school in order to care for her younger sisters and father, upon her mother's passing. Unable to take care of his 3 young girls, soon Razia's father took the sisters to the House of Flowers orphanage, in Kabul. Razia was 9.
At the House of Flowers, Razia was able to return to being a child again. Driven by her great desire to learn, within 3 months, she was literate and passed the entrance test to begin the 2nd grade at the age of 10; the following year she skipped a grade and continued to learn at an amazing rate; soon she became the source of help for all other children at the orphanage. She also became a gifted calligrapher and took some other responsibilities in the House, such as acting as the 'librarian' and helping run the House of Flowers 'Bank'.
In 2012, upon obtaining her high school diploma, 'A More Balanced World' proudly provided the financial support Razia needed to attend college and achieve her teaching credentials. Today, Razia has been hired as a teacher by the House of Flowers, giving back to the community that helped her with the fulfillment of her dreams.
Tinbit Adibar Ademe
Abeba is a nick name for Tinbit Adibar Ademe and she is 10 years old. Abeba's parents live in a village outside Jimma, Ethiopia and have sent their small twin girls to the city to live with relatives so that they can attend school and make a better life for themselves.
But, when Abeba came to the city she couldn't necessarily attend school, as the relative was not able to shoulder the school expenses on the top of the living expenses, until the representative of A More Balanced World came across this little girl.
Eventhough she was couple of years behind by the time she started school, she made up for it by her enthusiasm and love of school. Abeba is now in 3rd grade and one of the high ranking students in her class.
In the picture, Abeba at her kindergarten graduation, along with AMBW Representative in Ethiopia.
Amarech Bekele Beyene
Dear: Director of AMBW Organization
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for making this possible. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply appreciative of your support. I am currently majoring in English Literature Education. The financial assistance you provided will be of great help to me in paying my educational expenses, and it will allow me to concentrate more of my time for studying.
I am currently a senior and plan to graduate with Bachelor degree in the fall of 2016. After graduation, I plan to pursue a Master degree in English Literature Education. Would AMBW still continue to support for my educational expenses? Please let me know.
Thank you again for your generosity and support. I promise you I will work very hard and eventually give something back to others, both as teacher and possibly scholarship to future students like myself.
P.S I am looking forward seeing you in the near future.
Matin was A More Balanced World scholarship recipient during the school year 2014-2015.
An over-achiever, Matin is only 14 years old and is from Kabul, Afghanistan. He finished his 8th grade at the Silk Road International School in Kyrgyzstan, ranking first in his school. He has received full scholarship to study in a distinguished high school in the United States, for the next four years.
Matin’s favorite subject in school is History and he is interested in politics. He believes through History “we get to know more about our past like what things we have been through and how can we improve our future. …it is always interesting for me to read about people who have done many great things and the past and get inspired.”
This summer, Matin is a Global Youth Ambassador at ‘A World At School’ organization, collecting online petitions for the #UpForSchool campaign, is volunteering with ‘Save the Children’ in Kabul, and working as a citizen journalist at Paiwandgah. When he can, he speaks with street children at child friendly places.
His plans for future? He wants to become a journalist. Any doubt he will be the best in whatever he decides to do? NOT BY US!
Matin is a true inspiration for a more balanced world.
Danio Gaspar Lopez Loarka
Dear A More Balanced World,
Hello, how are you? I hope you're doing very well and God is pouring many blessings upon you. It's a pleasure to write you again as I've got lots to tell you, as well as thank you for the support you have given me.
I'm presently in college and very happy, as I'm taking up Business Administration. I really like this course very much with all the projects we're doing. I'm enrolled at the Rafael Landivar University actually, and studying at their regional campus in Santa Cruz, Quiche. It wasn't really until this now that this campus was opened, and I'm so happy to be studying here.
And how have you been? May favorite sport is soccer. What about you? I'm really very happy, thanks to you for giving me the opportunity to study at the university. I'm very grateful with all my heart for your support. I promise to do my best so I don't disappoint you. I hope to hear from you soon.
May God bless you and protect you. With much love and affection,
Felipe Jorge Grijalva
Dear A More Balanced World
I wanted to thank you with all my heart for this great gift of going forward with my dreams. Everything is for the huge support that you have offered so that I can go to the university since my parents are not able to let me do so.
My program will be an Associate degree in Business Administration. I give thanks to you and to our Almighty God as I get into more of this new phase in my life and into my dreams of studying in the university.
It makes me very happy to be enrolled in 6 subjects as it gives me the opportunity to give my best so I can move forward with my dreams and make things better for my family.
With all my heart, I'm striving but with your support I am very much benefited. Thank you for your noble hearts for helping me fulfill my dreams. You'll always be in my heart and my prayers.
Blessings to your beautiful family and salutations. It's been my pleasure to engage with you and to show my utmost esteem.
From here I take my leave of you, hoping you receive blessings in your important work.
God bless you