In the early 1990s the Gudina Tumsa Foundation realized that a lack of education was one of the primary contributors to the decline of rural Ethiopian communities.  This began their journey to reach out and change the “world” around them.  They began in 1994 by constructing a small school in the village of Dhebiti with the enrollment of 41 children.  Since then, they have initiated adult literacy programs, English language classes to teach reading, writing, listening, and speaking English, and Alternative Basic Education classes for children that are not able to attend school. 

“The purpose of educating a person should be to enable him to render better services to his people”
— Reverend Gudina Tumsa