In May of 2016 staff members of A Chance In Life Gabriele Delmonaco (President/Executive Director) and Lauren Ross (Director of Development and Communications) visited Boys' & Girls' Towns of Ethiopia. Gabriele and Lauren attended the monthly meeting of the 100 high school girls in our program. During the meeting one of the emerging young leaders of the program, 18 year old Bethlehem, shared her story.
"First of all, I am happy to welcome all of you today to the 2016 program. I will be presenting the progress of our new project that has started this year. Every month, we have a meeting to discuss our needs, improvements and our future plans. We have been getting educational support and material support. Such as, text books and other school supplies and materials. From the beginning of the project until now many things have improved and it is going well. It is almost going to be a year since the project started. I have hopes that the things that weren’t finished will be finished before the end of the year.
A few days ago I returned from Ethiopia, where we celebrated the first anniversary of the foundation of Boys’ and Girls’ Towns of Ethiopia (BGTE).
I will share one story of my trip that broke my heart. It's the story of a giant, of a boy, and of a chicken. What do these things have in common? Keep reading ...
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