What We Do

The Challenge?

Girls in Ethiopia have a soaring dropout rate from primary school combined with a 41% child marriage rate. They have inadequate adolescent health training, limited healthcare, and a lack of recreational and creative outlets. Therefore, job opportunities and careers for females are limited. Firms with female senior leadership make up fewer than 4% of companies in the country.

In addition, adolescent girls in Ethiopia suffer from a disproportionate share of early age pregnancies, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) which include HIV/AIDS, gender based violence, and other serious reproductive health problems. A recent study indicated that more than half of all the 3.27 million births annually are attributed to adolescents.

Our Solution

We take a holistic approach to our STEM tutoring to tackle the problems facing young Ethiopian girls, including:

1. Computer / English Training

2. Medical Screening / Sexual Education

3. Financial & Psychological Support

4. Library Access

5. Leadership Training

6. College Scholarship

Did you know?

Our program increases the likelihood of college by 48%.

Our Goals

The DISATU EYES Foundation (Empowering Young Ethiopians for Success) is based in Woliso and focuses its projects on young girls that are often carrying the burden of
inequality yet facing unequal access to social and economic rights.

We also have started tutoring younger female students in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, from grade 5 and up following them until they finish middle school and high school.  We’re evaluate what difference starting tutoring at an earlier stage makes.

Our 3 main goals are:

1. 80% Pass National College Entrance Exam

In order to be able to attend college each young woman needs to pass the Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination. Our focus is to make sure at least 80% of our students are able to pass this test and move on to study in college.

2. Graduate College

After they are able to pass the EHEEE the next goal is to decide on a career that they are passionate about and graduate college successfully. Our team helps each individual girl achieve this dream.

3. Have Successful Career

At the end of the day we want each individual girl to have a bright future and an amazing career. Our girls in college are on track on to join STEM fields and find great joy and success in their careers.

Performance Highlights for the Year 2019-2021

85% of our 2021 students passed the exam and are attending a university.

We are proud of our students for working hard all year long and studying to pass the Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination (EHEEE).

We’re particularly proud because on average only 28% of students who attend the local high schools passed the EHEEE and are attending a university

Testimonials and Success Stories

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(21 Years Old)
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I am dagmawit mulugeta, now studying medical radiology technology in Addis Ababa univeristy a second year student. I want to thank you for both your recognition of my commitment to academics and also for your financial support so that I may continue these effors...

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(16 Years Old)
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In 2019, when I was a ninth grader, I saw an announcement posted at my school that the Distau eyes foundation based in my town Woliso would help female students with their studies for those that were getting scores with an average of 80%...

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(18 Years Old)
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By joining this foundation, they have made a huge impact in my life it has helped me get better in my studies. I very much appreciate the support they give us, and all the service specially the tutorials being focused on stem subjects. And the computer lab is also very useful to us since we don’t have access in our local school...

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(16 Years Old)
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Establishing this purly to help young girls must be much apriciated, and the pocket mony we recive has helped me to fullfill a lot of persenale and school materials for myself with out having to ask my parents. This program has helped me discover a strong self in side me I never though there was...

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(16 Years Old)
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I become a part of Disatu EYES foundation since October 2018 when I was a ninth grader, and I was able to get the opportunity since I was one of the top students from our school. And ever since I joined the program I have improved much in my grades. I can’t even compare the quality of service we get ...

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We are devoted to empowering young, disadvantaged Ethiopian children through providing the educational, health, and human resources for academic, social, and personal success.

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