Faces of the Open University

My name is Stotawu Addis. I am married to T’chia and I am the father of Ishai, Eitan and Lavie. I am 31 years old. I made aliyah from Ethiopia at the age of 8 with my father and brother. My mother and my other two brothers remained in Ethiopia, so that it would be less likely to be noticed that we had left the village to make our way to Jerusalem. We walked much of the way. Part of the way, we were taken by trucks to Addis Ababa, and from there, we made aliyah as part of Operation Solomon. My mother and my two brothers joined us four years later. We lived in two absorption centers in Kfar Tavor and in Bat Hazor, both in communities in northern Israel. Afterwards, we moved to permanent housing in Rehovot in central Israel. I went to a high school yeshiva in Yad Binyamin, and in the army, I was a combat soldier in the Paratroopers Brigade 202. Today, I work in the field of education at a youth village for youth-at-risk.

I would like to personally thank you, for myself and on behalf of my family, and to express my deep, heartfelt appreciation for your generous contribution which has provided for my scholarship. This assistance is highly meaningful to me, and to my family, because we have no other sources of financial backing, and all of the costs of my studies are in addition to financially helping my parents, which falls on me alone. It is due to good people like you, who are sensitive and care, even about people who you don’t know. You make it possible for me and other members of my community to better succeed in becoming an integral part of Israel, gradually, and as best as possible. Your scholarship has made it possible for me to concentrate more on my studies and invest in them while also focusing on my family. I send you my deepest thanks for that.

Sincerely yours,
Stotawu Addis

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