Our 1st annual Open Hearts Big Dreams Event was a big success!Our 2011 event sold out with over 170 guests and raised over $45K to support literacy in Ethiopia. Our thank you to the many supporters! Videos of the event are below.
‘Tesfa' means hope in the Amharic language of Ethiopia. Since 2004, Tesfa has provided education to thousands of disadvantaged children and teens in Ethiopia. The organization has also given school families vocational training, micro-financing, and health care services and supported vulnerable teenage girls with safe shelter and counseling. The 'Team Tesfa' athletic program offers educational and vocational opportunities to young male and female athletes.
Ethiopia Reads was started in 2001 to create a reading culture in Ethiopia by connecting children with books. By planting libraries for children and training educators to nurture a love of books, Ethiopia Reads brings hope and new educational skills to this generation of Ethiopians. Since its inception, the organization has established more than 60 libraries throughout Ethiopia, published six bilingual books for children, and inspired over 125,000 eager readers that have been served by its libraries.
In 2011, The Tesfa Foundation and Ethiopia Reads formed a strategic partnership to work together on programs in Ethiopia.Together they empower a generation of young Ethiopians to become a positive force of change in their country.
If you would like to donate items for the auction, obtain additional information or send a check (made out to Ethiopia Reads) contact Ellenore Angelidis at:
3518 – 241st SE, Issaquah WA, 98029
Read more about how Ellenore Angelidis gained many Ethiopian ties and was inspired to chair this event, visit her blog.