With a month to go before his fourth birthday, Turo is on the verge of reading. He can identify the letters, and the other day he told me “th” was a blended sound. He’s like a little literacy sponge. And as I watch him learn, I can’t help but think of what life would’ve been like for him in Ethiopia. What life is like for millions of children who do not have access to education.
I wish that all children had the opportunity to delight in letters, to attend school in a place that makes them feel special and to believe that their dreams are possible. As you may remember, my friend Julie (who is amazing) is making this happen in one rural village in Ethiopia. She spearheaded an incredible fundraising campaign and raised enough money to build a school and a library in Kololo, Ethiopia. This school is currently under construction and will serve 250 students. It's just incredible.
Through my bracelet sales from earlier this year, one student's education in this new school is already sponsored. Now I hope to sponsor another student, so I have made 25 more pink and Ethiopian-flag inspired bracelets to help me reach this goal. Ten dollars from the sale of each bracelet will go directly to The Tesfa Foundation's sponsorship program. You can check the bracelets out at my Etsy store Heart in my Heart.