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Straight from the Studio

 

Image of youth working in the Abogida Digital Studio

"We would like to thank ChildFund
for its commitment to support
unemployed youth like us,” said
Abraham, a youth who works
in the Abogida Digital Studio.

The future of the world’s news is here. Two years ago, youth in ChildFund International’s programs in Ethiopia were sent to a video and photography training institution to learn about film production.

 

Shortly thereafter, these youth came up with the idea of establishing their own studio.

“A month before our graduation, we started discussing our future employment opportunity and the way we find it,” says 21-year-old Abraham. “While analyzing this, we came up with the idea of establishing our own studio.”

The group of 11 youth with the same interest went to ChildFund Ethiopia staff and shared their vision for the studio. In response ChildFund showed its willingness to support the effort both technically and financially.

In April 2008, they received a legal license to establish Abogida Digital Studio – which began with one digital photo camera, one video camera and a computer. The group, though, still faced financial troubles with high rent for the studio and a loan that needed to be repaid.

Working with ChildFund Alliance partner CCF Kinderhilfswerk (Germany), the group was able to obtain a photocopy machine, a sound mixer and a tripod, among other items.

With these additions, the youth were able to turn things around and are now making a profit. The Abogida Digital Studio offers photo and video recording and editing, film production and more.

“We would like to thank ChildFund for its commitment to support unemployed youth like us to realize our vision and change our hopelessness position,” Abraham says.

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