Our Esther project debuted on April 25th, 2021. Our first 4 girls had their first training session and were excited to learn more about getting jobs, writing resumes and interviewing.
This program provides far more than employment skills- our female participants receive life skills training, supports them financially in receiving a university or college education, provides mentorship, teaches self advocacy skills, family planning, as well as help develop strong women able to determine their own destinies.
In 2021 we focused our attention on teaching groups of young women the skills of entrepreneurship, self-confidence, sexual assault prevention and the skills necessary to obtain and maintain careers.
The mission of the Esther project is to support girls that are preparing for college, are disadvantaged, and yet have high academic standing. The goal of Esther is to empower these young women to self direct their lives so that they are prepared to make the best decisions possible for their personal lives as well as their lives in community.
How does a woman apply for a job in the Ethiopian cultural setting and obtain a living wage? How does one write and build a resume? How does a young woman interview for her first job or have the agency to ask for a promotion? How does one balance family and work? What about our female bodies- how do we, as women, understand our bodies and take care of this valuable asset? How do we maintain proper nutrition, choose and use birth control, and maintain effective hygiene on a shoe-string budget? These, and so many other topics will be examined in our new program, launching in 2021.
Direct beneficiaries: Girls graduating high school and headed to college.
Indirect beneficiaries: By helping women empower themselves, we can help entire nations!