Dear friends of Enhance Worldwide,
Together we have accomplished so much over the past 22 months in Ethiopia: implementing and growing programs, partnering with the communities we serve, establishing new organizational partnerships and, most recently, completing our second summer school program. Today we continue operating amid an uncertain political situation and significant drought, advocating for educational access, social mobility, financial literacy, and gender equality.
Earlier this month, the Ethiopian government declared a six-month nationwide state of emergency amid protests and violence. We are closely monitoring the safety of our field team and participants. Despite intermittent internet shutdowns, our field team has worked tirelessly to keep our programs fully operational. Ensuring educational access, healthy mentoring relationships, life skills, and supplemental nutrition are all the more critical during this state of emergency and ongoing drought in Ethiopia.
Amidst this challenging time, there is hope and much to celebrate. In September, Biruktawit, one of our Rising Autonomy participants, graduated from college! We ask you to join us in sending her our heartfelt congratulations. In turn, Biruktawit asked us to share her gratitude with all of you:
“My name is Biruktawit. I have been a student at Business and Information Technology College for the past 3 years. I received a diploma in Accounting on September 4, 2016. For 3 years, the money that you have been sending every month was 1200.00 Ethiopian Birr made it possible for me to go to school and receive this diploma. I would like to say thank you very much and give my sincerest gratitude to your organization.”
We are all the more grateful to you, our supporters, for your generosity in funding our projects. We remain committed to creating a more just world where every individual has agency, autonomy and aspirations. For the latest program updates, please visit our GlobalGiving project page.
Batam amasagganallahun — thank you — for joining us on this journey!