How One Girl Embraced Opportunity & Will Now Impact Her Community

Things are happening fast now, with passport in hand and a visa interview scheduled. She's just been awarded the dream of a lifetime - to travel to the US and present her case study - the one she's worked on so hard over the past six months. Before school, during breaks and before bed each … Continue reading How One Girl Embraced Opportunity & Will Now Impact Her Community

Using our Voices to Take on the Stigma of HIV/AIDS

100 girls at Studio Samuel are now certified in HIV/AIDS awareness and the first class of 25 agreed to an HIV test! The power of communication and knowledge are breaking down a long-lived stigma. Many in our community suffer from HIV/AIDS, including girls’ caregivers, family members, teachers, shopkeepers, friends and more. It’s become a normal … Continue reading Using our Voices to Take on the Stigma of HIV/AIDS

From Extreme Poverty to University: They’re Breaking the Cycle

Two Studio Samuel 2016 Graduates Are College Bound! Studio Samuel student, M, will board a plane at the end of this month to spend a week in South Korea where she'll tour universities, meet school staff and begin selecting her major. She'll even meet the mayor! When returning to Ethiopia, alongside her Studio Samuel advisors … Continue reading From Extreme Poverty to University: They’re Breaking the Cycle

Keeping 250 More Girls in School

Follow up: Production is underway! This October, in celebration of International Day of the Girl, Studio Samuel students will travel by bus and deliver menstrual kits to 250+ neighboring peers. Their goal is to raise awareness for girls' education and healthcare by keeping girls in school who are at risk of dropping out due to … Continue reading Keeping 250 More Girls in School

Program Update: A Look at the Last Six Months

Six months ago, Studio Samuel received our first grant. It was from The White Feather Foundation and has forever changed the scope of our organization and the girls in our program. 94% of girls saw improvement in their behavior and/or academic performance within the first six months of entering Training for Tomorrow, our life skills program. The four … Continue reading Program Update: A Look at the Last Six Months

Behind the Scenes: Portraits from an Artist

After photographer John Delaney and his wife adopted their little girl Sara, he became very aware of the prevalent poverty in her home country. “I wanted to use my photographic skills to give back to Ethiopia,” he says. Very influenced by the peripatetic work of Irving Penn, John packed his large format film camera, complete … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Portraits from an Artist