imagine1day and WE have joined together to grow a global movement that empowers people with the tools and resources to create a better life for themselves.
We know that because we’re making it happen in Ethiopia. Through partnerships with communities, teachers and government, our investment in education and leadership is seeing demand for a new future like never before. The result isn’t aid, but the birth of an education movement.
Don’t just imagine. Join us.
imagine1day is pleased to announce we have joined forces with Canadian non-profit WE Charity. Our two organizations are working together to grow the impact in Ethiopia, support sustainable development in East Africa and provide efficient shared governance, management and operations.
Over the past 10 years, imagine1day has built nearly 50 schools from the ground up, trained over 12,000 teachers and leaders, and enrolled over 80,000 previously out-of-school children. Through a holistic and sustainable approach, imagine1day has improved education in 487 schools, and directly impacted more than a quarter of a million people.
WE Charity has been engineering an international development model, known as WE Villages, to end poverty for over 20 years, and currently operates in nine countries now including Ethiopia. In East Africa, WE Charity has over 15 years’ experience working in partnership with communities in Kenya and Tanzania. Like imagine1day, this work has focused on community ownership and sustainable solutions for rural communities.
Development and efforts in Ethiopia will continue, building off the incredible success of imagine1day’s work to date, and expanding over time to include WE’s five Pillars of Impact, which includes a holistic approach to education, health, water, food and economic opportunity.
This is an exciting and monumental merger of ideas, innovations and passion, where imagine1day and WE are building off each other’s strengths to create a new, exciting and impactful future together. Together, imagine1day and WE will tackle more of the causes of poverty and barriers to quality education faced in Ethiopia, and continue our commitment to creating a new future for the children of Ethiopia.
How does this impact development work in Ethiopia?
WE and imagine1day will continue to partner with rural Ethiopian communities and districts, and build on imagine1day’s 10-year track record of success in the country, through a focus on strong partnerships, leadership development, school construction and pedagogy training. Our dedicated on-the-ground staff will continue to make an incredible impact, and honor all commitments to communities, teachers, students and donors. The imagine1day team in Ethiopia continues to operate and deliver high quality and impactful programs and projects.The imagine1day team on the ground in Ethiopia, under the leadership of Country Director Seid Aman, continues to lead and implement projects in Ethiopia, and we continue to work in Tigray and Oromia regions.
Going forward, we are committed to creating a new, impactful future together
imagine1day Ethiopia Head Office
Meskel Flower Street, Near Adotina Hotel/Cuba Embassy
P.O. Box 170910, Addis Ababa
Tel: 251 11416 84 60
What alignment is there between imagine1day and WE?
Our two organizations share similar visions and values. Both organizations support holistic development, community involvement and buy-in, and partnerships with local and regional leaders—all of which ensures our impacts are sustainable.
WE has been helping build up sustainable communities in Kenya and Tanzania for over 15 years, and around the world for over 20. Throughout this time, WE has developed expertise working in an East African context, and in remote and semi-arid regions.
With imagine1day’s focus on education, WE will help to bring coordination from WE’s headquarters in Toronto, Canada, to the team on the ground. WE will also share insights into expanding projects within its other Pillars of Impact, including clean water and sanitation, health, agriculture and food security, and income and livelihood opportunities, to ensure the incredible work being done in Ethiopia continues to be holistic and sustainable.
How do I support the work of imagine1day and WE in Ethiopia?
As our work in Ethiopia continues, we would be grateful for your support in bringing projects and programs to life. We welcome donations to Ethiopia (and those that would have been previously made through imagine1day) to be directed to WE Charity. You can donate at www.we.org/donate and in the notes section designate your support for Ethiopia.
What does this mean for the imagine1day 100% donation promise?
imagine1day has directed 100% of its donations to our programs in Ethiopia, thanks to a generous endowment that covered our administration costs. imagine1day and WE are strategically reinvesting some of this fund directly into programs that will drive further innovations and impact in Ethiopia.
Any donations you have made or pledged to imagine1day to date will be 100% directed toward our on-the-ground program in Ethiopia.
Going forward, WE is committed to delivering the greatest impact per dollar donated. On average, at least 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to support WE Charity’s projects and programs—less than 10% of money raised is spent on administration. Learn more about our commitment to organizational efficiency here.
What does this mean for the imagine1day USA Foundation?
The imagine1day USA Foundation is an independent U.S.-registered charity, separate from imagine1day International Organization. The imagine1day USA Foundation will continue to operate and raise funds for education in Ethiopia.