A Glimmer of Hope helps Ethiopians to leave poverty behind. I want to share an impressive story of one of their donors—Bob Gausman. He shows how individuals—like you— can make a big difference in the world. Bob Gausman at the inauguration of the school he funded. (Photo courtesy of A Glimmer of Hope Foundataion.)
From A Glimmer of Hope . . .
Nearly 40 years ago, a fresh-out-of-college Bob Gausman decided he wasn't ready for a "real job" so he joined the Peace Corp. He was sent to Ethiopia, a country he had barely heard of and knew even less about. Bob proceeded to spend two years in a rural village forming weavers' into cooperatives which were designed to help them operate more efficiently.
It was the start of what would become a lifelong passion for the country and its people and a crash course on the enormous challenges they face.
In 2007, after a 30 year career in real estate appraisal, Bob happened to hear about another former Peace Corp volunteer who had gone back to Ethiopia and built a school. He knew right away that this was something he had to do as well."
"There are five million eligible Ethiopian children who are going without education," Bob said."And many of those that do have access have to walk four or five miles a day."
Bob knew that his life's savings would probably be enough to fund the construction of a school in a highly marginalized community so he began searching for a foundation to help him.
"Fortunately, I stumbled across A Glimmer of Hope online and saw that they had already built hundreds of schools throughout Ethiopia. They were exactly what I was looking for," he said.