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Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are pleased to welcome Tigist Habtemariam as the new Manager of the Fregenet School in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Mrs. Habtemariam succeeds Selam Nigussie, who has embarked on a different career after providing outstanding and diligent service to the school for more than three years.

Tigist, born and raised in Ethiopia, completed her elementary and high school education at Lycee Gebremariam School in Addis Abeba. She then moved to the US, where she finished her Associate Degree in Economics at Los Angeles Valley College before earning a Bachelors in Business Administration at Winona State University in Minnesota.

After graduation, Tigist worked for Wells Fargo Investment Bank in Minneapolis in various capacities prior to moving back to Ethiopia, where she served at Belgium and Finnish Embassy. Tigist, who speaks fluent Amharic, French and English, and is learning Mandarin, also gained experience at Warid Telecom in Congo Brazzaville.

We asked Mrs. Habtemariam what she could bring to the table in her new position, and she excitedly rolled up her sleeves and told us this:

ìI bring with me project monitoring, coordinating and managing experience, as well as good working relations and networks with local/international NGOs, line ministries and international organizations that are working in various development sectors in Ethiopia.

At Fregenet Kidan Lehitsanat School, I would explore the possibility of supporting the families of the underprivileged children in getting adult basic education and vocational training that would enable them to be self sufficient. Expanding Fregenet School’s membership and networking with other development partners to tap local funding and income-generating opportunities would also be one of my priorities. Moreover, I will focus on building the capacity of FKL teachers to improve the quality of education provided to students.î

The Fregenet Foundation congratulates the Fregenet School Board Members for hiring the best in the field. We are confident Mrs. Habtemariam will execute her duties and responsibilities with the highest esteem and take our cause to the next level.

Please join us, dear supporters, in welcoming our new Fregenet School Manager and wishing her all the success in her endeavors.

Thank you very much for your continued support.

The Fregenet Foundation