The Social Innovation Mentoring program (SIM) aimed to reach 800 high school students in the year of 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. But our Mentors managed to reach out to so much more women in different age groups in the past 7 months due to their own personal motivation for participating in the program set up by the Center for Creative Leadership ( www.ccl.org ). The SIM girls have been volunteering in several Peace Corps Summer Camps and traveled to 5 different regions within Ethiopia to be big sisters, translators, activity facilitators and mentors for high school students – who never been to the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Abeba.
A word from the Centre for Creative Leadership |Leadership Beyond Boundaries| Regional Director in Africa: Steadman Harrison
“Shocking. That was the word that came to mind. AS our Regional Director in Africa, the team kept me posted – I knew about Lunch & Learns, field trips, growing volunteerism – but all of the daily accomplishments had passed me by and really added up! Tsion was good to organize an Appreciation Event at the iceaddis Hub (www.iceaddis.com). We had about 70 people join the 26 women who have all committed countless hours to the Marrow Foundation funded Social Innovation Mentors program. We wanted leaders who could hep develop more leaders. We never imagined that their creative outreach would touch the lives of thousands!
It wasn’t until this past Saturday that I began to more fully appreciate what this movement was accomplishing. I heard a Peace Corps representative explain how our girl’s impacted hundreds of students through their Peace Corps summer camps in 5 regions of Ethiopia. One gentleman from the Ethiopian Senior Citizen Association explained how these women were improving the livelihoods and public health of local citizens by designing public bathrooms and shower facilities for the elderly and disabled. The model provided jobs for those cleaning and caring for the facilities through the low cost usage fees. The women testified to the life-transforming trips they have taken to conflict zones like Gambella. These women are all volunteers in a society where volunteerism is unheard of… teaching in orphanages, leading clubs in schools, donating time to local institutions, and innovating around projects to improve the city where they live.
We invite you to dream with us. What if hundreds more Ethiopian women had the access to mentoring, training, and leadership development that is generating these outcomes through affordable, accessible, and scalable solutions. Be a part of a movement and find ways to help us at www.leadbeyond.org”