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Collaboration between Partners with Ethiopia & OHBD bring much-needed books to libraries in country

My first trip to Ethiopia was ten years ago. The team I traveled with brought over 56 suitcases, most of which were filled with donations which I thought that was fantastic. My goal on that trip was to see Ethiopia, learn about the challenges vulnerable children faced, and find ways I could be involved in …

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From Bread Wraps to Books: Betty Combines Her Loves of Literacy, Ethiopian Culture and Cuisine to Make A Delicious Dish for OHBD

My name is Betelhem (Betty). I moved to the USA eight years ago. I am a mother of 5 kids. Growing up, I saw my mom helping needy people. She would make food and tea and take it to a beggar who lived on the street or she would help kids from families in need. …

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Building an Innovative Culture Among Youth through American Spaces in Ethiopia

Currently, there are 6 American Corners/Spaces in Ethiopia: Bahir Dar, Jimma, Dire Dawa, Mekelle, and two spaces located in Addis Ababa. What is the mission of these spaces? They are venues to host public diplomacy programs, promote cultural exchange, and serve as platforms for engagement between the people of Ethiopia and the United States. These …

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Ready Set Go Books, a publisher of books spotlighting Ethiopian stories and languages, set to release 100th book

For immediate release Contact: Ellenore Angelidis ellenore@openheartsbigdreams.org; 425 295 8841 Ready Set Go Books, a publisher of books spotlighting Ethiopian stories and languages, set to release 100th book “Letter From a Plow Nation” explores oxen-plow farming and agricultural technology in modern-day Ethiopia. Seattle, WA October 6, 2020— Ready Set Go Books, a publishing initiative from …

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OHBD Board Member Dr. Teferi Adem Receives Fulbright Scholarship Award

From Ethiopia to Yale University and Back Again – Congratulations to Board Member Teferi Abate Adem on his Fulbright Scholarship Award. Open Heart Big Dreams (OHBD) is pleased to announce that our Board member, Dr. Teferi Abate Adem has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in the field of anthropology for the 2020-2021 academic …

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Linking high school kids with local universities in Ethiopia

College age adult enrollment at universities in Africa and Ethiopia is 8% and 6% respectively, much lower than the global average (32%). Students in Ethiopia are facing grim prospects. Only a fraction of them proceed to preparatory school and complete college degree programs. What is more disturbing is the fact holding degrees is no longer …

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Together We Rise

Guest post by Kara Wiegand – Board member for Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund, Founder & COO for Threads Worldwide, Huff Post Contributor, and Director for Strategic Partnerships for Emerging Women At the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit, the Dalai Lama predicted that Western women will save the world. At the time, I believed that he …

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