Dream BIG Dreams

Our mission is to inspire and enable youth in Ethiopia to reimagine their future through increasing Literacy (OHBD-Ready Set Go Books), Innovation (STEAM), Leadership, and Inclusion.

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OHBD Ready Set Go Books

 Reading opens up a world of possibilities!

Our main literacy project is creating, publishing, printing and distributing, OHBD Ready Set Go Books. Our goal is to help increase literacy by closing the gap of insufficient, colorful, mother tongue, early reader, children's books to practice reading.

Since 2017, we developed creative, translation and production teams to scale pilot efforts. We now have over 125 unique bilingual titles in Amharic, Afaan Oromo, Tigrinya, Somali, Anuak, Dizin, Kiswahili and French with more new books and more languages planned. All books sold fund the project.

We developed our own local printing capacity in Ethiopia in 2021.  Combined with efforts of collaborating organizations, we printed and distributed over 300,000 copies of our books in country in multiple local languages. We have Amharic and Afaan Oromo titles continuously available for purchase and donation in Addis Ababa.

All of which is great, but there are 4MM first graders in Ethiopia, so we still have A LOT of work to do. With your help, our goal is to create at least 200 unique titles and distribute 1MM or more copies to kids all over Ethiopia in their mother tongue by the end of 2024 or sooner.

No kid should go through their childhood without colorful, fun books to practice their reading skills and discover more about their world.

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OHBD leads game-changing efforts

We believe in the power of collaboration across organizations and the power of storytelling to share innovative approaches. We are honored to collaborate with many organizations and individuals with shared visions.  We welcome sponsors for our projects and fund-development efforts.  Learn more on our Sponsor page.

Local Printing and Distribution

We have made big investment in having our books continuously available in Addis for school, libraries and individuals. We currently have Amharic and Afaan Oromo available in Addis.  Books are $2/book with a 50 book minimum.

Technology Literacy

We have undertaken a number of efforts since 2018 to increase technical literacy and leadership skills. We are currently piloting an internship program for some of our graduates from Bahir Dar, Jimma and Dire Dawa and just launched our Business and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp in partnership with the American Corners, US Embassy.

Inclusion of Kids with Disabilities

The Mike Carr legacy project was created to provide opportunities for children with disabilities in Ethiopia, the birth country of one of his sons so they can become the role models of the future that Mike Carr was during his lifetime.

Leadership for the Future

We started leadership talk series bringing in leaders to share their journey.  Our goal is to give our young leaders role models and inspiration as they embark on their leadership journey.