Thanks to all of you writing in with suggestions on organizations to volunteer with and support!

I love learning about new approaches to solving some of our social issues and am always grateful for an introduction to local NGOs. So keep the suggestions coming!

One organization that recently came to my attention is imagine1day, a Canadian nonprofit organization dedicated to sending all Ethiopians to school free of foreign aid funding by 2030.

In essence, imagine1day provides the start-up capital to build the school and start operations, then the local community takes over the running of the school.

Here’s a peek at the organization’s efforts in Ethiopia:

Can’t see this video? Click on this link: imagine1day

Self-Sustaining Schools

What I like about imagein1day’s model is its emphasis on helping the local communities generate income to sustain their schools. Their objective is to partner with the Ethiopian people so they can support, maintain, and grow high levels of education in their communities.

They do this by helping establish income-generating activities with local community leaders. For instance, communities have started programs like micro-irrigation vegetable gardens, poultry farming, bee-keeping and more. Profits from the operations are funneled back to the school and invested in books, school maintenance, and sports equipment.

Imagine Ethiopia

The organization has launched a new initiative called Imagine Ethiopia, which seeks to raise $100,000 to fund a 3-year primary school project in Ethiopia. As part of this initiative, imagine1day is forming at “Dream Team” of 14 participants who will visit Ethiopia and volunteer in October 2012.

Interested in joining in the fun?! Note that each “Dream Team” participant takes on a personal fundraising goal of $7,145, so rev up your fundraising juices! For more information on joining the team, check out the web site and online application process:

Imagine Yourself Involved!

There are a couple of ways you can get involved with imagine1day, including:

  • Learning more about the org and their good works at:
  • Visiting Ethiopia this coming October as one of their 14 “Dream Team” members.
  • Joining the online conversation through their Facebook and Twitter handles: and @imagine1day
  • Making a donation online at:


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This entry was posted on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 and is filed under Hot Orgs.

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