Dabenson is eleven years old and lives in the village of Galette Chambon with his mother and aunt, older sister, and four cousins. Dabens and his mother moved in with his aunt three years ago when they lost their home in a neighboring village because of a flood. They lost everything they owned in the flood, and they had nowhere to go, but his aunt said they could come live with her. His mom didn’t have enough money to pay for him or his sister to go to school, so they pretty much just hung out at the house every day and waited for their friends to get out of school. This year Professor Salomon has said that Dabenson can come to school even though he doesn’t have a sponsor, but he won’t have a uniform or books until he gets a sponsor. His sister is going to the BGM secondary school, and she was able to get a sponsor over the summer. Dabenson is confident that he will find a sponsor too and he will be able to have a uniform like all the other kids in school.