In the slums of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Council president Peter Donaldson visited Biruh Tesfa (meaning “Bright Future” in Amharic), a Council program that provides literacy classes, health checkups, safe spaces to meet with peers, and identification papers to vulnerable out-of-school girls
When Diribe Eyensa fled her home in rural Ethiopia and went to Addis Ababa to escape child marriage, the Population Council’s Biruh Tesfa program was there to give her a second chance at education and empowerment. Operated with the Ethiopia Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Regional Bureau of Youth and Sports, adult female mentors in the program seek out vulnerable out-of-school girls in the slums of Addis Ababa and offer them literacy classes, health checkups, safe spaces to meet with peers, and identification papers. As a result, the girls in the program—some of the most vulnerable in Ethiopia—start to build productive lives. You can learn more about Diribe and Biruh Tesfa by watching a video about her and the program on the multimedia section of our redesigned Web site.
Biruh Tesfa is just one example of how the Population Council’s programs catalyze social change by increasing awareness of forgotten people and working with national partners to find and promote culturally appropriate ways to improve their lives. And the multimedia section of our Web site is just one of the ways we’ve made our Web presence more informative and useful.
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