A key goal of Open Hearts Big Dreams Literacy efforts is to get our Ready Set Go books into the hands of all of the 4MM first graders in Ethiopia to practice their reading as well as any other individuals just learning to read. We believe having these books to practice and develop an early love of reading can help boost the literacy rates in Ethiopia.
We know literacy is an early gate to further education and opportunities. So far, we have distributed over 100K books in country in four different Ethiopian language. We know we need lots of support to make our goal to reach all Ethiopia first graders a reality. We know there are many, many public and private organizations working in Ethiopia with similar or complementary goals.
I was excited to be contacted recently by supporters of two such organizations in Ethiopia. Each was interested in sharing #ReadySetGo books with kids benefiting from their work. The first is Uryadi's Village whose efforts are directed toward clean water and sanitation, sustainable agriculture, affordable healthcare, education opportunities, and practical livelihood training to support orphans, vulnerable women and children in southern Ethiopia. Seattle based supporters are bringing our books with them to Ethiopia and will get them in the hands of children in these communities.
The second was Ambo Lazarist Catholic Deaf School serving kids in central Ethiopia. Ireland based supporters are taking #ReadySetGo books printed in the UK with them to provide the kids attending this school, all of whom have impaired hearing. This organization has a special concern for deaf children living in rural communities who are often marginalized and have limited access to school.
Learning about the work of these organizations is inspiring as is the opportunity to increase the number of organizations we collaborate with through our books and other projects. We look forward to continuing to connect with many more such organizations and together achieve our bold goals for literacy.