Merwa Academy building a brighter future in Ethiopia

The little old man beamed at me, his face lit up with the radiance of a pure soul, his long grey beard stained orange at the tips with henna. “Assalamu Alaikum!” He gives me a fervent double-handed shake. We are in the Principal’s office at Merwa Academy Primary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Sheikh Abdul Manan is with his daughter, Ilham. She is 13, in grade seven. She chews her little finger, trying to hide behind her hand. Sheikh Abdul Manan has no home or job. He lives in a mosque. Ilham’s mother lives in another city to work...

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