Studio Samuel Student Invited to US Global Leadership Conference, Denied Visa Her Profile: Not yet 18yrs old, lost both parents at a young age, has transitioned between homes of extended family, and has known poverty her entire life. Beyond her Profile: A shining light who believes in herself, sees the harsh reality of her … Continue reading All She Needs is a Visa
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
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
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
At 16 years old, B has faced challenges few of us could take on, starting with losing both parents as a young girl. She channeled her energy into school and martial arts, the latter testing her endurance, mindset and possibly being the first step in breaking her poverty cycle. B became a gold & bronze … Continue reading She’s a Black Belt
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
You've helped us reach our goal! Because of the continued support from our community, each graduate will have their own graduation gown - and what a sea of beautiful color there will be! Our first Training for Tomorrow class will graduate after completing two years of their life skills curriculum. This group of incredibly strong, … Continue reading Graduation Gown Update: Goal Met!
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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
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