In Buluk community, like many remote villages in Ethiopia, girls spend a lot of their day on the endless task of fetching water. Sometimes they travel as much as four hours back and forth, with only river water available.
imagine1day Project Update February 2021
Over the last three years, imagine1day has partnered with the Costa Foundation to carry on the critical work of granting access to education for out-of-school children across Ethiopia.
2020 was a year full of challenges and opportunities, and as we carry on with our critical work across the country, 2021 is shaping up to be another such year.
The conflict that erupted on November 4, 2020 in the Tigray region of Ethiopia has led to immediate and large-scale internal displacement.
Educate A Child (EAC), a program of Education Above All, is a global initiative launched by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, which aims to significantly reduce the number of children worldwide who are out of school.
Each year, the school in Awash Kolati disappears—washed away in Ethiopia’s annual floods. Each time, the community gathers to rebuild. This is their journey to a permanent solution.
When 25-year-old Mustepha Birka first heard that he was being transferred to Awash Kolati Primary School to become its principal in 2013, he considered quitting the teaching profession instead of taking up his new post.
A 13-year-old was forced to drop out of school to get married. But her friends—part of the school’s Girls’ Club—weren’t going to let it happen without a fight.
On a Sunday in February 2017, in the rural community of Shani Kondala, Ethiopia, 13-year-old Asmau Kamal got up earlier than usual.
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.