Youth Centers Tita and Gerado, Ethiopia

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A lack of education and high employment rates have caused a scarcity of future prospects for thousands of youths in Dessie region and throughout Ethiopia. In 2010, PfefferminzGreen funded the construction of a youth center in Tita that is today not only a place of refuge for children and adolescents, but also a focal point for the entire community. 

Our local partner, Nigat, offers a whole spectrum of courses and workshops at the Tita Youth Center, from theater and dance workshops to computer classes, a girls club, and many more activities and training courses besides. The premises are also used for adult literacy classes and agricultural workshops, courses that are particularly helpful to those who run or plan to start a private business. Many members of the community in Tita as well as in surrounding villages first need to learn to read, write and do basic calculations before they are able to manage their own income and expenditures.

Tita Youth Center has had such an enormous reach that Bezalign Arega, Director of Nigat, has now planned the construction of a second facility with the village community of Gerado, a town outside the city of Dessie. At the Gerado Youth Center, many more young people will be given the opportunity to be creative, engaged and take part in a variety of different courses.

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