OHBD Power in Literacy Gala 2019
Join us on November 16, 2019 for our eighth gala and celebrate this year's theme: Power in Literacy. The event takes place from 6:00-10:00 pm at Daybreak Star Event Center (located at Discovery Park), 5011 Bernie Whitebear Wy, Seattle, WA 98199. Sponsorships and individual tickets now available!
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 of 2019
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.
How to Get Involved
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.