Makendy lives in the village of Bwa Polyte which is over an hour walk each way to attend school in Thoman. Bwa Polyte has a school but the school is not doing well. Makendy will be in 4th grade and is very excited about being able to attend school in Thoman. His favorite subject in school is history and he wants to be an engineer some day. Makendy has two brothers and six sisters. His father is a farmer and his mother passed away.