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Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund (OHBD) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that believes the chance to dream big dreams should not depend on where in the world you are born.

Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country; literacy is only realized by around half of the population (less for women and girls); leaving tens of millions without this critical ability. Recent nationwide literacy tests show few students are learning to read well in any language.

The median age in Ethiopia is under 20 with only a small percentage of the youth getting to pursue higher education.

Ethiopia has made great strides toward educational goals but still struggles with adequate teacher training and getting materials into the hands of students.

So the challenge is significant but the opportunity is as well.



Inspiring and empowering youth (K-14) to reimagine their futures by providing literacy, STEAM, and leadership opportunities.

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