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The Season of Giving Back

By Scott     About Voice Ethiopia

With Thanksgiving only two days away, families, friends and loved ones across the United States will soon come together in kindness and gratitude to kick off the holiday season. For many people, as soon as they’ve had their fill of turkey and mashed potatoes, they will travel to their local shopping center, taking part in Black Friday with the goal of scoring the best shopping deals they can find. Add in Small Business Saturday (with sales at local mom and pop stores) and Cyber Monday (with sales for thousands of online purchases) in the following days, and the shopping season will soon be in full swing. Together, the holiday and shopping seasons comprise the giving season, and, just like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is another day devoted entirely for one purpose – giving back.

#GivingTuesday, taking place on December 3rd, celebrates the giving season by bringing together individuals and organizations, from private philanthropists and nonprofits to small businesses and large corporations, largely through social media, to encourage small and large acts of kindness and philanthropy.

Voice Ethiopia has partnered with #GivingTuesday to raise funds for the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia (ILAE), an innovative college preparatory boarding and day school with the mission of developing a generation of leaders who will transform Ethiopia. ILAE offers a global education that nurtures students to discover their purpose, challenges them to think critically, empowers them to set and surpass their own standards, and inspires them to transform Ethiopia.

This holiday season, Voice Ethiopia plans to make a big impact on the life of Adugna, a fourteen-year-old member of ILAE’s inaugural student class.  A ninth grade student and physics enthusiast, Adugna strives to fulfill his dream of becoming an airline pilot. At ILAE, Adugna (and kids like Adugna) receives a quality education setting him on the best path towards achieving his dreams.

Over the next week, Voice Ethiopia will be sharing Adugna’s story and, on December 3rd, will participate in #GivingTuesday, coming together with others in a unified message and to inspire people to make a difference.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday, visit www.givingtuesday.org.

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