Friday Project Update: Studio Samuel

Today I am going to tell you about a computer literacy program that is helping families realize that child marriage is not a viable option for the advancement of their daughters.

Organization: Studio Samuel
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Context: Child marriage remains a deeply rooted tradition in Ethiopian communities. Poverty, lack of access to education, and an absence of economic opportunities perpetuate this tradition. According to UNICEF, two in every five girls in Ethiopia marry before their 18th birthday, and nearly one in five of these girls wed before the age of 15. Girls who marry before the age of 15 are more likely to be illiterate and less likely to be enrolled in school.

Background: GO Local Hero Hilawi Alemayehu is committed to changing this reality. Hilawi says, “In my birthplace…I see girls who have no options to change their life and strive to survive poverty. I see violence and protests in my country because people want a voice…This computer class can provide real opportunities for girls to win the [fight against] poverty. Moreover, I am proud we can do this together.”

Current Status: In March 2016, GO Campaign approved a grant for $21,269 to Studio Samuel to help expand their computer literacy program. Thanks to our support, 100 girls are learning about computers and continuing their education.

Meet Arsema

arsemaArsema is 17 years old and in the 10th grade. Arsema was sent to live with her Aunt in Addis as a young child while her parents remained in their village. Before joining Studio Samuel’s program, she had never used a computer. Now she can use a computer and is even learning to code. She is so thankful for this opportunity.