Ritchy is a fourteen year old boy from the village of Gros Balanse near Galette Chambon. He lives with his mother, three brothers, and three sisters. Their father died several years ago of malaria. His mother has no source of income other than helping with some share cropping. The family depends on the generosity of others to feed the family. The children are so thankful that they can go to school and get a hot meal every day. The problem is, not all of them can go at the same time and their ability to go to school is not guaranteed each year. They try to raise a few goats so that they can sell one each year to pay for school, but that doesn’t guarantee that they will have enough to pay. With sponsorship, he would not have to worry about whether or not they can sell a goat to pay for school. Ritchy is very smart and loves to study languages. He is learning French and English. He knows these two languages are very important to becoming what he wants to be when he grows up. Ritchy wants to become a doctor so that he can support his family while helping others.