Merry Christmas from Ethiopia.
No, we’re not horrendously late in sending out our holiday wishes. For today is the day Ethiopian Christians celebrate Christmas, or Ganna as it is called locally.
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
In a new twist on this old adage, a team of Ethiopian women did just that, but instead of landing among the stars, they made history in the skies.
Ethiopia is currently in the midst of a major challenge: a drought affecting 10 million people and requiring US$1.4 billion in humanitarian aid. It is drought initiated by the failed spring rains and compounded by the arrival of the El Niño weather conditions that weakened summer rains.
Our goal is to give all Ethiopian children access to quality education, but that doesn’t mean we solely impact kids. Meet Makida, a mother so inspired by her community’s new school, she returned to study herself.
The story is all too real: a young Ethiopian girl, having had the fortune of receiving a primary school education, is set to be married at the age of 15. There is little question about her possibilities of further education, of developing skills and a career.
A man who’s driven to create positive change
Amaha was the first person I met in Ethiopia. He picked me up from the airport one dewy night in mid-March when the roads were quiet and the air smelled like eucalyptus.
It’s the International Day of the Girl! Let’s talk about that thing no one wants to talk about.
“Empowerment of and investment in girls…are critical for economic growth, including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty…and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights.” — United Nations Resolution 66/170, December 19, 2011
The crimson wave, Aunt Flo, that time of the month, the red tide.
You can’t solve the issues that prevent children from enrolling in school if you don’t know what the issues are, and the best people to identify these problems are community members themselves.
He is just six-years-old but Muressa Muhammedhussein can count to one hundred and cite the entire English alphabet from A to Z.
Just one month ago, he was completely illiterate. This September, he will be clamoring to come to school.