His name is Kirstos and this is his story...

Kirstos at DH (1)

I was born in Guji Zone Hambela Wamena District at Dimtu in 1993. Both my parents are farmers. Having 9 children and earning less income is not an easy task for them to deal with. They face so many difficulties to provide our basic needs. I am the 7th one and all of my elders are not educated because there were, and are still so many things that my parents had to pay for in addition to education. 

As a member of the family, I had lots of duties that I had to carry out, many responsibilities for me to deal with, so much work pressure in my day to day activity.

What I thought about was school and nothing else.  All I wished for was to enter school and start learning. I always get inspired when I think about education.

My childhood wish didn't blow up on my face, it came true. My parents allowed me to go to school and I joined primary school.

Being a student makes me feel great and special but there was one thing that always bugged me and started raising questions inside me, by saying `` What will happen after finishing my 2nd cycle school, there is no high school near to Dimtu Hambela?``

Luckily as I completed my 2nd cycle school, the Costa Foundation started constructing a high school in Dimtu Hambela. I have no words to express how I felt when I saw the construction of that school. It took my breath away and I blessed them. I felt happy and that feeling is still with me.

And I joined that school with an open mind and thanks to the Costa Foundation, I started thinking about helping others, I want to help others. I will do whatever I can to do the right thing for people. I commenced offering free service for the community through my active participation in the area of gender, health and environment issues. In doing so I learnt that one of the major bottlenecks is lack of knowledge on improved agricultural technologies and poor natural resource management in rural areas. That’s why I decided to become an Agriculturist with a great ambition. Without that school I am sure that I would have ended up as a Farmer or Trader like my parents and my elders.

I took a national examination and scored a good result and then I joined Earth University in 2013 to study Agriculture and Natural Resource Management to fulfill my desire.

Kirstos at Bole Airport to fly to Costa Rica

I am happy that the Costa Foundation supported our government and community to improve the quality of education in rural communities. I’m really thankful for the staff of the Costa Foundation who play a great role in the construction of the high school. Not only for the construction but also for the provision of all required educational materials for us.

At last I want to say that education is the best thing that happened in my life. So I want to pass a message to all by saying ‘You have to use your chance to learn education, no matter how old, weak, rich, poor, etc. We all can learn, spend your time on education. The more educated person we are the less poor we will be. Look education as a life because it determines your life’.

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