Kaleab Jegol, a Mason High School student from Ethiopia, is passionate about social justice. Jegol “fights for children and families who don’t have a voice, in America and around the world” — and his advocacy and fundraising efforts are making a difference.
An MHS junior, Kaleab started a nonprofit called Education for Ethiopia. The organization aims to fund schools and projects in Ethiopia with money or supplies. He started the organization to “help the children of his blood.” When he recognized there was an education crisis around the world, he knew the first place he’d help solve it was in his home country. Education for Ethiopia is working on many initiatives with numerous organizations, some of which include the United Nations, Let Girls Learn, and Roots Ethiopia. In Mason, Education for Ethiopia, together with H.O.P.E Club at Mason High School, held a school supply drive, and rasied enough supplies to impact over 2,000 lives.
The organization’s new endeavor is building an English camp for Northern Ethiopia girls. “Helping girls reach their fullest potential, and letting them learn moves societies and cultures forward,” he says. Recently, Jegol attended the United Nations Youth Forum on Gender Equality, where he spoke on behalf of children being married young. He chose to focus on this issue because of the widespread problem in Amhara, a region of Ethiopia.
Others are taking note, too. He recently received the Honor & Merit Award from Inspiring Service, a service organization; a Commendation from Senator Sherrod Brown; and was named as one of 35 out of 1,000 for the Hamilton Scholars Award.
After high school, Kaleab hopes to attend New York University to major in Global Liberal Studies with a concentration in Politics, Rights, and Development. His end goal is to work as human rights or immigration lawyer, and he shares that he may even run for public office some day. “I believe that every child deserves a proper education, and I will fight to make sure every child receives one!”
Education for Ethiopia is entirely youth-led and fosters the development of the world’s next leaders, catalysts, and philanthropists. Learn more at: www.education4ethiopia.org.