A “Jonah Hands” library for my birthplace.


I love to read. I started reading when I was just 3 years old. My mom has a video of me reading “Jonah and the Whale” when I was 3. After that my parents  took me to a special grammar school. I love to look at my grammar school graduation picture because it reminds me of all the books I read at an early age. The books took me to new worlds filled with imagination.  Sometimes I think about Ethiopia where I was born and the very rural area where the kids didn’t have much, not even a book. It makes me sad and I can hardly imagine a life without books and stories. It’s been my dream to give kids in Ethiopia, who would have perhaps been my good friends, the gift of a library. And this winter, a new library will be built in the village I was born thanks to the wonderful folks who donated money to my cause. This is one of my best moments in life as an 11 year old. Read the whole story in the LaCrosse Tribune.

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