Category Archives: Ethiopia

Tizita Hagere, a young STF scholar from Ethiopia, stars in "Difret." The film, which was produced by Angelina Jolie, will be released worldwide in 2015.

Tizita Hits Hollywood to Promote “Difret,” Sundance Film Festival Winner

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Tizita, a She’s the First scholar in Ethiopia, hit the red carpet in Los Angeles last month! Tizita or “Tizzy” as she’s known at home, will star in an upcoming film called “Difret”, which was recently nominated for an Oscar and Continue reading


STF Scholar Opens A Hair Salon in Ethiopia!

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We are in awe of a recent story that came from our partner Selamta Family Project in Ethiopia. A couple of the girls there, including She’s the First scholar Nardos Y. (on the left in the above photo), took a Continue reading


STF Scholars in Ethiopia are Star Volunteers

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We continue to be amazed at the compassion that the girls we sponsor show. Many of the updates we receive from our partner schools are about ways they find to give back to their communities. Selamta Family Project is no Continue reading


Tizita Stars in Difret, Winner of Sundance Film Festival Award

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Exciting news out of Selamta Family Project, our partner school in Ethiopia! Tizita, one of our grade 8 scholars, is the lead in Sundance Film Festival award-winning film Difret. (You might remember Tizita from when she visited the Ethiopian National Continue reading

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From Duck, Duck, Goose to Dancing: Getting Fit with Selamta

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As runners across the country lace up for She’s the First Run the World campaign to sponsor 100 girls in 100 days, I started to get curious. How do girls at our partner schools fit in their daily exercise? Over Continue reading

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Letter from Mekdes, Selamta’s First University Student!

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In December, we were thrilled to share with you the story of Mekdes, Selamta Family Project’s first student to pursue higher education! Last week, Mekdes was kind enough to find time in her busy schedule to share with us her Continue reading


Selamta Sends Its First Student to University!

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A few weeks ago, a message landed in my inbox that completely defines what She’s the First is all about. Mekdes, a student at Selamta Family Project, recently graduated high school and is now settling into life as a university Continue reading

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All Fun and Games in Ethiopia and Kenya

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As summer approaches and finals are behind us, it’s time to close the books for a bit and think about fun! I wrote to the Kibera School for Girls in Kenya and the Selamta Family Project in Ethiopia to learn Continue reading

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Reading Time at Selamta Family Project

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Last week, I wrote about reading time at the Kibera School for Girls in Kenya and Kopila Valley Children’s Home in Nepal. I’m happy to bookend that report with an update from Mia Brown at the Selamta Family Project in Continue reading

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Drought Brings Dry Spells to Classrooms

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  As an elementary school student (okay, and as a high school student too), snow days were among the happiest days of the year.  I never thought twice about feeling anything other then joyful when school was cancelled because of Continue reading

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