Fitsum has an adorable giggle that is contagious. She is a cheerful 5-year-old girl who loves to run and play with her friends. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite animal is a goat. She lives with her mom in a small mud hut in Kechene, Ethiopia.
Awake & Alive is a champion for educating children in Ethiopia, Africa. The children and families served by Awake & Alive in the Kechene slum (located in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa) are among the poorest and most marginalized people in Ethiopia.
To further its purpose, Awake & Alive has partnered with Bright Future, a highly reputable Ethiopian nonprofit organization. Together, Awake & Alive and Bright Future opened a school and tutoring center in Kechene for 185 of the poorest and most marginalized children in Ethiopia. Currently, the all-Ethiopian staff provides full educational services for 4 to 7-year-old children, a large majority of which are orphans or half-orphans (one parent deceased). In addition, Bright Future provides medical and general health education for the widows of the half-orphan students.