Sunday, October 31, 2010

Leadership Project in Dire Dawa

AAI-Ethiopia recently sponsored a leadership training program for 40 of  our sponsorship children, all promising students, in the town of Dire Dawa where we are initiating several programs to benefit orphaned and vulnerable children.  Often our sponsorship students have poor self-esteem both because of poverty and also frequently because of the stigma of perhaps having AIDS in their family.  This program is designed to help boost their self-confidence at school and in the community.  The children meet one Saturday a month for the workshops on different topics. 

The facilitator said that the workshops covered how to be a good leader, decision-making strategies, and overcoming obstacles.  The children and staff were very appreciative and looking forward to the next session.   Here are some nice photos of the event.  We were so pleased to see so many girls participating as well.

We are expanding our sponsorship program in this very poor community and could use your help!  Please contact Brooke Cole, our Sponsorship Coordinator if you would like to sponsor students in this program.  A monthly donation of $25-30 will help keep several children in school and part of the leadership training program. 

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