Catch the Latest Interview with Atti Worku
Meeting with Atti Worku is always extremely inspiring to learn more about her achievements and goals within her foundation. While asking Atti questions regarding Seeds of Africa, she explains her plans for her new school and what individuals can do to support her campaign, emphasizing the younger generation.
What is currently happening within the Seeds of Africa Foundation?
Currently, we are working on our new project “The Dream School” in Ethiopia. We just finished our research stage and now we are transitioning into the design stage. The architect for the school, Teddy Pauly, is currently working in Ethiopia and will be there from May to August to finish the layout. This is perfect for fundraising because when Teddy returns our campaigning will begin this October until October 2015. The campaign is a multi-city fundraiser that will spread throughout Dallas, Chicago, and New York. I will travel and present this project with hopes to raise enough money to make this dream a reality.
What is your view on the younger population becoming more involved in Philanthropy?
I think it is very important to get involved in Philanthropy work. First, remember that it is a learning experience, this type of work is not just all about how much money is made. Philanthropy involves learning how to use resources you normally use in order to make a difference. People can talk about issues on social media or even volunteer. Second, learn how you can make a difference. People may be intimidated or think it is out of their element but they have to realize there is always so much more they can do. I love the quote, “To whom it is given, much is expected”. In other words, everyone has different gifts and we have to learn how to share them.
How can the younger generation become involved?
With the campaign beginning soon, the younger generation can talk about it and promote social awareness for our new school. It is a cycle of getting the word out, starting from a younger generation and spreading into a larger audience. The younger demographic is bigger and able to get the word out there faster.
How did the documentary, Off to Ethiopia, help your foundation?
The documentary’s opening presentation helped us gain various connections and support for our foundation. We received over $50,000 from multiple donors. Part of the challenge is getting people to learn about our project, so the documentary really helped us reach another demographic where we can talk about what we are doing.