Preserving a Rare Ethiopian Language for the Anuak People of Gambella

My educational journey started in Gambella, Ethiopia where I was born. Growing up, I never had nongovernmental printed Anuak books. The school provided textbooks which we always returned at the end of each year. Since the schools couldn’t afford to print new copies each year, we were always given the same recycled books. It’s only …

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Only In Ethiopia – So many animals, birds and more to explore in books.

Thirty-one mammals are found only in Ethiopia. Amazing creatures are tucked away in the many eco-regions of the country that has such varied terrain: mountains, plateaus, river valleys, deserts, lakes, and rivers that allow for the survival of animals that can’t be spotted anywhere else in the world. As one example, the Ethiopian wolf – …

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Open Hearts Big Dreams – Five Years into the Organizational Journey

In 2016, I started the process of taking Open Hearts Big Dreams from the fundraising event we started in 2011 to a full-fledged not-for-profit. I was inspired by our amazing daughter and the opportunities we saw to contribute after funding and expanding a library in her birth-town of Bahir Dar (pictured here). That year was …

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OHBD Launches Award Program

We are excited to launch our OHBD Big Dreams Heroes and Leaders in Literacy, Innovation, and Inclusion Awards to recognize their invaluable contributions. These volunteers and supporters are heroes and leaders in the truest sense of the words. They exemplify our mission of empowering youth to transform their futures and follow our tenets to accomplish …

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Why Do I Volunteer for OHBD? From our Creative Lead, Author Jane Kurtz

In a study published last year in the Journal of Happiness Studies, researchers looked at data from nearly 70,000 subjects and concluded that volunteers were happier. People who start out at a lower level of well-being seem to get even more benefit from volunteering. But I don’t need a study to tell me that volunteer …

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Early STEAM Investment Yields Benefits for Women and Their Communities

My goal in life is to be a role model for the next generation and show everything is possible. I have always believed that education, leadership, and community service are at the very central part of any society’s sustainable development.  I would like to work on the quality of education in collaborating with not-for-profit organizations …

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OHBD Board Member, Threads Founder, Kara Valentine Shares Women’s Impact & a GREAT DEAL!!

In September of 2015, I had the pleasure of connecting with Ellenore. Our work with our then corporate jobs initially brought us together but our shared passion for creating opportunities for women and children in Ethiopia (and beyond) kept us working in partnership over the last 6 years.  I was honored to be offered a …

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