Twice a week, under the shade of a tree, Fakia and Jemila meet with their female classmates to discuss everything from menstruation to marriage.
This is the Caro School Girls Club, led by these two vocal young leaders.
Aberash Deriba was just 12 years old when she stood up in court and begged them to stop the marriage her mother was forcing her into.
Thankfully, the court ruled in her favour.
In June last year, the halls of the Vancouver Art Gallery echoed with cheers as 40 cyclists took part in RIDE vs ONE. Their mission was simple: one ride, one hour, one school.
Ten years ago, Mekenisa School was born. Just 20 students attended, taught by one teacher under the shade of a tree.
Abdulnasir was one of those children, a young eight-year-old boy attempting to get an education.
By Alastair Stewart, imagine1day staff
The convoy of cars, packed with imagine1day supporters, takes a turn off the paved highway and begins its 38 kilometre climb up through windy mountainous roads towards the community of Dum.
Five years ago a visibly-upset father Ahmedteyib Mohammed stormed into the teacher’s office at Yadot Primary School, furious that after four years at school, his son was still illiterate.
“The quality of education in the school used to be so bad.
Meet Taeme Hiluf, a student at Gereb Abdela Primary School. He estimates he is 16 years old, though without a birth certificate, he doesn’t know for sure.
He is in first year at school.
Bidil Abdulahi has experienced joy and heartbreak in his attempt to send his children to school. Now he’s on a mission to ensure all the children in his village get a chance to learn.
2016 has been a huge year for imagine1day, the communities we work with, and the children we impact.
In Ethiopia, we will spend more on our program activities in 2016 than in any previous year.
“You have given our community a special gift. We are now one family sharing the same bond. You will always have a special place in our community and hearts.”
That is the heartfelt words from Genene Abera, the local district administrator in Chicho, where we recently unveiled the brand new Giving Tree School.