Summer Means Rain


Sifelig, a 14-year-old 7th grader in Ethiopia, spends her summer working on her family’s farm.

For Ethiopian students like her, summer vacation begins at the start of the rainy season so they can lend an hand with crops and cattle. 

With over 80 percent of Ethiopia’s population relying on agriculture, school calendars — and many other aspects of the culture — are aligned with farming seasons. But the rain — and the hard work — doesn’t dampen the kids’ enjoyment of a reprieve from classroom life.

“I love the summer season because we eat potatoes and roasted barley, and there will be plenty food at home,” Sifelig explains. “I usually help my mother in fetching water and feeding cattle. I also plan to prepare for my 8th grade national exam.” 

14-year-old Derebe, a peer of Sifelig’s, loves how the rain transforms his village and farm: “Our village turns a lusher green because of the continuous rain. And our cattle at home get plenty of grass.”

Photo©2017 World Vision, Wossene Hailu

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