Ethio-Village is a non-profit
organization which was started in 2008 in San Jose
by several individuals who felt a sense of
responsibility and desire to reach impoverished
communities abroad to provide educational services.
Ethio-Village members have engineering, business,
social science, pharmaceutical and legal education
background and most work full time.
Girma Aweke (center, in
picture above) is an Electrical Engineer and founder
of the Ethio Village. Presently he is the Vice Chair of the company is very
passionate and devoted to his work. He always wanted
to make a difference in the local community and in
Africa. His dynamic leadership makes this company a
provides multifaceted services in the areas of
Career, Youth Development, Community Support, Fund
Raising and Business Development to the Ethiopean
community They assist individuals in transition,
providing information and resources to enable them
to achieve their career goals. They facilitate
mentoring and instruction to enable high school and
college students to achieve their educational goals.
Ethio-Village has established one school in
Shashemene, Ethiopia that supports 120 children.
As a new non-profit
organization, they sought a business mentor to
provide advice and fundraising strategies. The fact
that SCORE provides expert confidential business
advice free of charge led them to meet with SCORE
counselors Jerry Jenson and John Edwards .After
their meeting with SCORE counselors, they updated
their bylaws and board roles and responsibilities.
“SCORE Counselor Edwards
outlined the ABC’s of fundraising and since then we
have had a successful community fundraising event.
We are so happy to say that SCORE has always been
there for us.”
Their goal for 2011 is to
raise $49,000 by July. This fund is going to
support the new school in Ethiopia that opened
in 2010. The school has 120 children and if they
accomplish the fund raising goal, the 120 children
will be guaranteed their education for 7 years, or
until all of them finish 6th grade.“Our
strategy is to open a school once a year for 100 to
200 children. As soon as we make the funds
available to the current school, we will open
another school in August 2011.
To achieve this we need
continuous support and guidance from SCORE. The
story ends with lots of hopes and satisfaction.