Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund (OHBD) is a 501(3)(c) not for profit organization that believes the chance to dream big dreams should not depend on where in the world you are born.
Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country. Ethiopia’s population is 44% children, ages 0-14 (43 million out of 97 million total). Only 5.5% of children attend pre-school or kindergarten. Only 68% of ages 7-12 attend primary school. Adult literacy stands at 49% with men at 57% and women at 41%. Only 7.5% of the adult population have any post-secondary education.
MISSION: Inspiring and enabling youth, their communities and organizations who serve them by providing literacy, education, commercial and leadership opportunities.
Our focus is to support 501(c)(3) organizations and their programs that provide literacy, K-12 education, leadership as well as that support the parents and communities where the kids live, in Ethiopia.
This project is about creating a colorful, culturally appropriate books for Ethiopia. Millions of people in Ethiopia are eager to practice reading:
Award-winning children’s book author Jane Kurtz and her sister Caroline—who learned to read as children growing up in Maji, Ethiopia—are volunteering their time and artistic talents to create easy-to-read books inspired by stories, proverbs, and scenes from daily life in Ethiopia. An army of volunteers has stepped forward to help with illustration, translation, and design.
“We’re proud of what we’ve seen so far. It’s pretty amazing what people are capable of creating when they put their efforts together,” Jane says. “Some of the art and writing has been done by children in Ethiopia. Some has been done by children and adults in the US. All of it is colorful and appealing. Delivering the first set to Ethiopia showed us the little books have an irresistible magic for people who are hungry to read.”
Global researchers find that children do better all the way through school if they first learn to read in their heart languages. Ready Set Go Books works with native speakers to provide translations in local languages. The little books give beginning readers bright and engaging stories so they can practice their reading skills.
Open Hearts Big Dreams supports Ready Set Go books with funds for creation, production and distribution in the USA. The books will be available on Amazon.com. Proceeds will support producing and distributing more Ready Set Go Books in Ethiopia.
Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund