Help Zewudie in his final year at Menlo!
Zewudie's last year at Menlo!
Zewudie Alamarewu is working hard to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies at Menlo College. He has successfully finished all his work so far with outstanding grades and he has begun his senior year.
Just 2 more semesters until Zewudie graduates in May 2019! He is excited that his hard work will help him when he returns to Ethiopia with his goal of bringing about positive change to his homeland.
Zewudie has begun the fall semester but we need your help. We need to raise $7,000 for this semester and again for his last semester for a total of $14,000. Making the Grade is a wonderful 501C3 non-profit organization that is helping us send Zewudie to College. You will receive a tax receipt for all money that you contribute.
Zewudie has done far more than succeed academically at Menlo College. He is the school’s first International student ever elected as a Student Council Representative. He has had a full-page article in the school’s magazine published about him.
In addition, this past summer, Zewudie
completed his 10-week internship with a local business and his summer
class. He also began researching and
developing his business plan for eventual use in Ethiopia. He is learning to drive a car so that he will
be able to be more mobile when he commutes between his village and the
city. All this, while Zewudie continues
to work on campus at the book store. He has also made many friends.
This college education will help Zewudie make a difference for the rest of his life. Zewudie’s dream to return to Ethiopia and set up schools to spread the knowledge of technology and global languages is closer. His 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 for these last two semesters.
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. As a youngster 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 fatal as the extreme curvature of the spine eventually completely compromises the 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 deformed spine. 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 urgent surgery in Ghana. His disease was already 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 worked with Making the Grade: Hope for African Youth. This non-profit organization brought Zewudie here for school. They negotiated his scholarships, fundraised his expenses and have worked with him for 8 years. Zewudie is but one of many youth from Africa that Making The Grade helps. It is a 501c3 charitable organization with federal tax id 46-3448487. Its website is makingthegrade.info.
Making The Grade arranged for Zewudie to attend high school in Ohio. He arrived as a high school junior, speaking some English. He succeeded in graduating from the high school and then Peggy Crookston, a friend of Dr. Hodes, helped Zewudie move to the San Francisco Bay Area where he had attended community college for over two years before transferring to Menlo College in January 2017.
Donate here or send a check to Making the Grade, PO Box 190346, Atlanta, GA 31119.
We thank you for all your help and we are glad that we are only this one last fundraiser away from Zewudie’s graduation in May ’19 with his BA in Business. If you have any questions just email us below.
All our gratitude,
Jeanne Loveland Freiberger and Paul Freiberger