We did it!
March 31, 2017
BENEFITING: TAALUMA PROJECT INC
EVENT DATE: Mar 29, 2017
We are a group of 57 students from Virginia Tech participating in a semester long study abroad program called International Business in Lugano: Combining Theory and Practice. We spend the first three months in Lugano, Switzerland taking marketing classes. At the end of March, 14 of us have the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia. We will teach primary school children spoken English and computer skills. Each semester, the students travelling to Africa work on a different service project. This semester, we have been given the opportunity to work with Bruh Tesfa.
Bruh Tesfa is a youth development center located in Adigrat, Ethiopia. Bruh Tesfa strives to live up to its namesake and provide opportunity for a “bright hope” for the youth of Adigrat. During our trip this Spring, we will specifically be working with Bruh Tesfa’s hostel program. With no secondary schools in the remote villages around Adigrat, students from these villages must walk up to 3 hours to school. The hostel program provides 27 students with a home and the resources to be successful in their final year of secondary school in preparation for higher education. With the support the students receive, many go on to university. Bruh Tesfa’s goal is to continue supporting them through their first year of university to ensure that no student can use poverty as an excuse to keep them from starting their higher education journey.
On Wednesday, March 29, we will be participating in our fundraiser, Miracle Miles, to raise money for Bruh Tesfa’s hostel program. For every $1 donated, we will walk 1 minute. If we reach $180 or 180 minutes, we will walk all the way to Italy! Our 3 hours of walking is the same amount of time students would walk from their homes to school without the assistance of Bruh Tesfa’s hostel program. Help us walk 3 hours so the students in the hostel program don’t have to!
We’ve set a team fundraising goal of $5,000, which will financially support 5 students for an entire year.
A $40 donation = scholastic materials for 1 student for 1 academic semester
An $80 donation = scholastic materials for 1 student for 1 academic year
A $125 donation = scholastic material, clothes, and transport for 1 student in their first semester of university
A $175 donation = hygiene materials, clothes, sportswear, etc. for 1 student for 1 academic semester
A $210 donation = food for 1 student for 1 academic semester
A $250 donation = scholastic material, clothes, and transport for 1 student in their first year of university
Any contribution is greatly appreciated!
Thank you for your interest and support! To learn more about Bruh Tesfa and the hostel program, please visit their website, www.bruhtesfa.org.