Meet WEEMA'S new Development & Programs Associate, Emma!

This week we are welcoming Emma, our new Development & Programs Associate, to the WEEMA team. 

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Emma's work with Ethiopian communities began in 2016 as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She spent three years working in Ethiopia and now joins WEEMA's U.S. staff in our Boston office. A fun fact about Emma: she speaks both Amharic and a local dialect, Hadinya.

"I'm excited to join WEEMA because it's an organization that brings together everything I believe in. I'm a strong believer in a modern method of development with a focus on local communities. I look forward to continuing my community-based work while gaining insight into the administrative side of development."

You can learn more about Emma or support her in WEEMA's Falmouth Road Race by checking out her page here. Welcome to the team, Emma!

Library Transformation at Boarding School for High Achieving Students

 Students at Higa School smiling in the boys' dormitory 

Students at Higa School smiling in the boys' dormitory 

In the fall of 2017, Higa Model Boarding High School opened its doors to the highest achieving students from across the Kembata-Tembaro Zone. Higa Model was constructed to provide a rigorous 4 year academic experience for the best performing students to excel and pursue their dream of attending university.

WEEMA is honored to participate in this community effort by constructing the school's new library. Over the coming months, WEEMA will transform the room in the photo below into a top-notch facility for students, complete with computers, books and furniture. The school was founded and supported by "Gogotacare",  a local Kembata-Tembaro organization, and the campus was donated by the Zonal (State) government. This school and its students are the pride of the community and WEEMA is thrilled to be a part of its success. 

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Mary Olive Smith to film WEEMA video

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We've teamed up with Emmy award-winning director, producer and cinematographer Mary Olive Smith to share with you our organization’s mission and approach to community-led development! Mary Olive will be traveling in August to Kembata-Tembaro to shoot footage for a video about WEEMA's programs and their impact. This video will tell the story of WEEMA’s work in Ethiopia through intimate interviews with “local champions,” people living in the area and working with WEEMA. By telling individual's stories, we hope to highlight some of WEEMA’s core values: inclusion of women and marginalized individuals, holistic development, and sustainable initiatives through partnership with local government. 

This fall, WEEMA will hold a screening of the film in Boston which will include a Q&A with the director. We are very fortunate to be working with Mary and look forward to sharing this project with you. In the landscapes and footage of activities and daily village life, we hope to connect you to the individuals that WEEMA's work supports. We'll send out information on the date and time of the screening when it is available.  Hope to see you there! 

PS. If you have not seen "Walk to Beautiful" yet, we HIGHLY recommend you do. And don't forget- it's not too late to sign up to run with WEEMA at the Falmouth Road Race on August 19th. Our top fundraiser wins a roundtrip ticket on Ethiopian airlines! For more information and to donate to a runner or register click here.

Big moves for Mudula and Keleta Kindergartens

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WEEMA is supporting education in the community by constructing permanent buildings for Mudula and Keleta Kindergartens.

The Kindergartens will move from their current rented classrooms to newly built classrooms located inside local school complexes. Basing Mudula and Keleta kindergartens in locations adjacent to the primary schools in their area will allow them to function under the same administration as the rest of the school district. 

WEEMA is dedicated to implementing projects that support the long-term, sustainable success of Ethiopia's educational system.

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