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Andargachew Negash family

 


Andargachew Negash and his wife, Bezawork Bedane, are originally from Addis, Ethiopia, but have been in the United States for nearly a decade. They have been living in a cramped two-bedroom apartment with their three children: Loredana, 12; Meron, 4; and Samuel, 3. But now they are getting a three-bedroom house as part of the 2010 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

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‘Moving to a new life is exciting’

Andargachew Negash is a part-time taxicab driver and a full-time chemistry student in Washington, D.C., working toward becoming a pharmacist. His wife, Bezawork Bedane, is a home health care aide and also takes care of their three children: daughters Loredana, 12, and Meron, 4; and son Samuel, 3.

Originally from Addis, Ethiopia, Negash and Bedane have been in the United States for nearly a decade. They have been living in a cramped two-bedroom apartment infested with insects and rodents, awaiting construction on their three-bedroom house as part of the 2010 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

“Moving to a new life is exciting,” Negash said. “We will be moving to a better space—more space and more security.”

The family’s new home will have three bedrooms, which will allow Samuel to have his own room. His sisters will share a room.

“Meron wants a purple room, but I want a pink room,” Loredana said, smiling. “We’ll work it out.”

Loredana just began seventh grade. An excellent student, she loves science and dreams of becoming either a scientist or a doctor. Along with helping to take care of her young siblings, she is a member of the school choir and also plays basketball and soccer.

The family has been in the United States for about nine years, and they currently pay almost $1,000 in rent. With a mortgage payment expected to be about $700, Negash and Bedane will have more disposable income to plan a future.

“It’s pretty tough out there,” Negash said, adding that he has to spend twice as much time driving his taxi nowadays to make half as much as he used to earn. He is most focused on his schoolwork and trying to get into a good pharmacy school.

“My priority is to further my education,” he said, “so my family has a better future.”