Today we are in for a special treat!! One student rider participates in each RIDETZ journey, nominated based on his or her academic efforts, motivation, and drive. This year, the group is fortunate to have TFFT Scholar Abednego Augustino along for the ride! Abednego wrote an honest and inspiring introduction to share with you about his life at home, as a TFFT Scholar, and what he looks forward to on RIDETZ. Introducing Abednego!

My name is Abednego Augustino. I am 12 years old. I came from Ngarenaro in Arusha. My life before joining TFFT was not so good. I live with my grandmother. Her name is Mery Augustino. She loves me so much and I love her so much too because she is my mother and my father. My parents died when I was young, so my grandfather came and took me from Mto wa Mbu.

I started staying with my grandparents when I was 2 years old. Now I am 12 years old, and I still stay with my grandmother. She takes good care of me. When I joined TFFT, my life changed for the better. I thank TFFT so much for their help.

I feel very excited to participate in RIDETZ and the meet the riders. My goal for this trip is to successfully finish the ride to Pangani.

During school breaks, I help my grandmother in washing clothes, mopping the house, and cooking. I also make time to take a bath in the morning and in the evening, and do my holiday assignments which the school gave me before we closed school. I play with my friends. We play football and the games. I like talking to people, chatting with friends, and running. My favorite color is blue because it is one of the colors in our national flag.

My favorite subjects are Mathematics, Science, and History. I like these subjects because my teachers in these subjects teach well. I work hard in school to do well in my studies.

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