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
Two Studio Samuel students have advanced to the final round of 130 in MCW's Young Leaders Access competition. If selected, they'll be among 30 winners from around the globe who will travel to the US this summer. In our eyes, by making it this far, they've already won! The competition is based solely on merit, … Continue reading Two Students Advance to Final Round in Global Competition: The Interviews
Imagine not having the staples needed to cook for your family. Not the meal, but the staples needed to cook the meal. What if each morning, you left your home with one goal: to make enough money that day to put dinner on the table that evening? And then think, if that's a struggle, how … Continue reading What if Cooking Oil had an Impact on Your Day?
Sharing some good news as we head into the new year! ALL 25 students in our first graduating class were granted approval from her caregiver/guardian to receive an HIV test. Due to the stigma around HIV/AIDS in developing countries, this was a significant accomplishment. In even bigger news – EVERY girl tested negative. Most … Continue reading HIV Testing at the Center
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