Dream BIG Dreams

Our mission is to inspire and enable youth in Ethiopia through READY SET GO Books, Art Education and partnerships with organizations providing literacy, education, commercial, and leadership opportunities.

The Ready Set Go Books Adventure

It is really amazing where reading can take you!

The Ready Set Go Books, by far our biggest and most ambitious project, has been on some adventures.  It really is amazing where reading can take you!

Our main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative attempt to increase literacy in Ethiopia. We serve as the publisher of these attractive books and look for way them into the hands of Ethiopian families, including funding local printing and distribution.

First, we need to create and publish books.  In 2018, we developed the capabilities of a publisher with a creative side and a production side.  By the end of the year, we will have created and published 45 unique titles, print on demand and Kindle, as well as got the book files ready for local printing in Ethiopia.  More than 300 people have given their time and talents. All proceeds go back into the project.

Second, we need to print and distribute locally as well as train teacher to use these books in Ethiopia.  Ethiopia Reads is our Model Project partner here.  We provided substantial funding and created the book files needed for the printing.  Together, we will print 100K books by the end of the year in four Ethiopian languages; distribute to more than 150 schools and train 300 educators.

All great – but there are 3 MM first graders in Ethiopia so we still have ALOT of work to do.  With your help, our 2019 goal is to create another 50 titles. Many of the 45 were in progress, next year we will need to create completely new books. Print and distribute another 100K books and train 400 or more teachers in Ethiopia. No kids should go through their childhood without colorful, fun books to practice their reading skills and discover more about their world.

We also piloted four Model Projects including the local printing and distribution of Ready Set Books in Ethiopia with Ethiopia Reads.  We look for gaps or innovative programs we can provide Model Program funding and expertise to in order to scale for bigger impact.  A requirement is that they document their efforts and then collaborate with other organizations.  The remaining three are the first girls 6-week coding school in Addis with Lebawi and the transition scholarship program to help deserving high school seniors get over the last hurdle to attend a university with Project Ethiopia.  We also documented our project and programs with a Model Project focused on Story Telling with MMRTI.

We have BOLD goals to improve the literacy rate of a country and create more learning opportunities for these kids through our Model Projects. We need your help to do it.

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Preview Some of Our Model Projects

OHBD is focused on increasing game-changing efforts. We believe in the power of collaboration across organizations and the power of storytelling to share innovative approaches. Our main project remains Ready Set Go books to increase literacy where we are essentially a publisher.

We are also honored to collaborate with organizations to elevate and amplify their most effective efforts. Model Program grant recipients are required to document the program we fund and agree to share with other organizations or help other organizations implement a similar program in the future. We work with each grant participant to try to improve their program in some way, making it more innovative or increasing its impact. This year we awarded four grants.

Local Printing and Distribution: Ethiopia Reads

The largest grant we awarded supported our RSG books and literacy focus and went to Ethiopia Reads who has a 17-year successful history with planting and maintaining libraries as well as educator training.

Technology Focused Learning for Girls: Lebawi

The second grant we awarded was related to technology which funded the first Summer Girls Programing Class through Lebawi.  Lebawi or the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia has graduated award winning technologists that are now studying in the best universities around the globe so they were a natural choice for us.

Leadership for the Future: Project Ethiopia

Our thrid grant was awarded to Project Ethiopia for a Model Program related to leadership to expand and grow its innovative transition scholarship program. This program ensures talented high schoolers make it to the universities that have accepted them locally by providing transition scholarships to cover the costs of travel and necessities to get from their rural homes to the university that accepted them which costs $200 US per student.