Ilijah Otieno  (Grade: 3)

Ilijah’s mother, Susan is a widow. She prays that she does not loose her faith in God under this pressure. All of her older children have dropped out of school at 8th grade because of extreme poverty. She makes string to sell at the marketplace and makes about a dollar a day. This is a chance to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness in this family. Ilijah wants to be a doctor.

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