Melkitu, 15, dreams of a better life for herself.
“My parents are both farmers, but I want to grow up and become an organization director. They labor so much for so little.
Daniel Yibrah’s eyes were opened two years ago, when he experienced Lightyear Leadership training through imagine1day.
“There is no impossible. Everything is possible if you are committed, if you are ready for change.”
Leadership training is a core part of our programme.
Maykuho School sits amid a drought-stricken landscape. The nearby river remains historically low. Boxes of emergency food rations can be found in houses throughout the community.
Yet, ask the school’s PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) about the impact of the drought, and their response is surprisingly stoic.
Teka was just nine years old when imagine1day staff arrived at his school and asked him a question he had never considered before: What is your vision for your life?
“I said I wanted to be a doctor when I grow up and discover a cure for HIV,” says Teka.
For decades, the community of Gereb Abdela had felt little ownership in their local school. The prevailing view saw it as a government institution, not a village asset. Many sent their children, but otherwise paid little attention.
Gosaye Gizaw has a big job: as the Education Office Head for Ethiopia’s Bale Zone, he is responsible for the education of 350,000 children.
He was one of 350 influential figures we invited to our leadership training in May, together with Lightyear Leadership.
At imagine1day, any school we build is done in partnership with the community: right down to the financial costs. To ensure local ownership and pride, we ask the communities themselves to contribute at least 10% of the construction costs.
At Sheni Kondala School, there are no earthquake drills or fire drills – but the students are well-practiced in what to do when it rains.
First comes the deafening noise of the rain bouncing off the corrugated-iron roof, drowning out all noise in the classroom.
Dumey School has seen a roll explosion over the past three years: with 466 previously out-of-school children signing up to learn.
Excitingly – in an area of Ethiopia with unequal gender roles – almost half of the new students are girls.
At imagine1day we believe in the power of people to be leaders, who can create new futures never before possible.
That belief has been the cornerstone of our success and, over the next three days, we begin putting it into action on our largest scale yet.