One of the foundational beliefs that drive our program, is the belief that education breeds confidence, confidence, in turn, breeds hope, and hope ultimately breeds peace.
This story is about one of our recent graduates, who emulates this belief. She was a dedicated and diligent student, who grew into a confident young woman that graduated with a desire to encourage others to follow the same path.
This is Marihawit’s Story
Marihawit has been a part of the Out of the Ashes, Inc. program since she was in sixth grade. During her nearly ten years with us, she excelled in her primary grade-level schooling and went on to study all the way through level 4 Marketing at Admas University.
During that time, she served her community by working with several charitable organizations as an intern.
Her internships included assisting with office tasks and delivering training for children in need.
As a recent graduate of OA, she is currently in a new season of her journey: searching for jobs. She has received job preparation assistance and resume-writing training from our staff. She has also participated in several simulation interviews with the help of our OA staff.
She recently submitted her resume for a vacant position that our OA Staff referred her to. As she waits to find out whether she has been accepted for this position, our OA staff have directed her to another internship at a saving and credit cooperative. Here, she will be working on clerking and marketing tasks, which are directly related to her field of study! This experience in the field partnered with ongoing supervision from the Executive Director where she is interning will secure her a much higher probability of getting the job she applied for!
As a child growing up in a trash dump, this path would never have been possible for Marihawit without the OA program and a faithful Sponsor cheering her on.
When we asked Marihawit how she is feeling in this new season of her life, she had the following to say:
“I am thankful for OA for educating me and supporting me until I graduated. It took a huge burden off of my mom. This program helped me to become self-reliant and to do things on my own. It invited me to aspire and dream big. I feel empowered. Now I am thinking of getting a job and pursuing further education. This would not have come true without OA.”