Fetene Yezengaw from Texas is a crossing guard who has dedicated his life to helping schoolchildren in his area over the past decade. Now, his community is helping to give back by helping him pay for a new leg.
Yezengaw has certainly endured hardships in his past. When he was 15 years old, and was a child soldier in Ethiopia, he stepped on a land mine that blew off his leg. After healing in a refugee camp, he eventually was granted political asylum within the United States.
Now at the age of 42, Yezengaw uses a prosthetic limb which is in need of repair, but the cross guard doesn’t have the money to pay for it. Recently Yezengaw lost his second job which offered medical insurance, so the children and parents of Harvard Elementary School, located in Houston, Texas, decided to do something to help.
One of the school’s clubs, called “Girls on the Run,” hosted a bake sale to raise money. One of the school-mothers, Karen Johnson, also created a GoFundMe page to help.
“When I told Fetene about the money being raised for his medical needs he began to cry and is beyond grateful for each and every one of you. He said, ‘I am so blessed and Harvard is my family,” Johnson said.
“He wishes he could write each and everyone of you a personal letter thanking you for making his life easier,” she said.
Together with the children and the parents, the school has raised $10,000 for the prosthetic repairs.
Ultimately, learning that his friends at the school, both young and old wanted to help, drove Yezengaw to tears.