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"I created a resource mobilization project called Pencil Mountain that has delivered over half a million school resources to Ethiopian children," Hannah Godefa

As a child, have you ever been asked what you wanted to be in the future? Your answer most probably leaned towards ‘To be rich’ or ‘To be a pilot’ or ‘To be successful’ – all short yet very distinct dreams that we all aspire to fulfill.

This young girl was quite different.

You hear about people like her once in a blue moon.

What 16-year old Hannah Godefa wanted to do as a child was improve people’s lives by providing them with basic educational facilities… and indeed she did!

She believes that every child deserves the right to education and more than just believing, she campaigns.

Her most famous campaign ‘Pencil Mountain’ has delivered more than half a million books, pencils and school materials to children in rural Ethiopia. She has been featured on the Huffington post, Ethiopian Press, Global Post, the Guardian and the like.

Hannah has been appointed as UNICEF’s Youth Ambassador for Ethiopia as well as Canada for her remarkable efforts in charity work and various fundraising efforts. She is also been named Goodwill Ambassador of Human rights.

Hannah has met Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper and the Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn. She is an idol to many including myself, and she continues to spread her humanitarian efforts into making this world a better place to live in.

You can contact Hannah Godefa directly on her Facebook page: Hannah Godefa

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“I believe we are all born with a special gift” – Nejat Abdella

In school they’ll tell you the only way you’ll be successful in life is though studying day-and-night and scoring high on exams, and although many people follow this principle, it isn’t entirely true. Look at people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, they dropped out of college to follow their dream and it turned out to be the million-dollar company they never imagined. This means there’s more to the equation than cramming books and pulling an all-nighter to write essays, right? Ms. Nejat Abella says ‘To be successful, you need something else other than knowledge: social skills’

Nejat Abdella is a young, inspiring, passionate Business Advisor for the United Nations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She went to high school at Sandford International School (Ethiopia) and later on after pursuing her IB Diploma Programme she got a Full Scholarship to attend Trent University. After finishing University, Nejat came back to Ethiopia to give back to the youth community that she believed to have so much potential. She started her own social enterprise called ‘JU90’ which places IB (International Baccalaureate) seniors in organizations that match their field of work interest. The students then undergo a 6-month internship with the organization learning and developing both personally and professionally. These skills help them in their future (e.g. university applications, career pathways).

 NejatAbdullahEstablished in 2013, JU90 combines projects and initiatives to harness  ones potential and social skills. JU90 believes that you perceive  development from within than from anywhere else. As development is  a  series of progression rather than a destination, JU90 contributes to  this  process by instilling positive changes. It fosters innovation and  entrepreneurial spirit to youth.

Schools are wonderful institutions that act as a fountain of knowledge for  everyone – yet, they often miss out on things that matter like happiness,  passion, commitment and so on. These are extraordinary qualities you pick up when you experience firsthand what the business environment is like.

JU90 has already opened doors for so many youths to explore their talent, discover life-changing opportunities and experience a truly meaningful time in their assigned placement organizations!



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