Empowerment and Investment at an Ethiopian Orphanage

Visiting an orphanage in southern Ethiopia, I enjoyed a tangible look at grassroots development. I saw how caring people in the high-income world empower caring people in the low-income world to invest smartly, within parameters set by the national government, in “human capital” — one of the catchphrases that I’ve picked up as I learn about development issues. In this case, orphans are rescued from the street and nurtured. And at a simple vocational school, young people with an 8th-grade education then learn job skills (metalworking, solar tech, and so on). Upon graduation, they are employed at the nearby Hawassa Industrial Park or are given a microloan by the government to start their own business. Please join me for a minute to experience a joyful example of smart development.

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