PROJECT-E is a German/Austrian non-profit organization. They provide young women from destitute backgrounds with free vocational training in the hospitality sector. Through full scholarships and assistance during their search for employment, PROJECT-E enables young women to realize their potential and achieve independence, Furthermore they fill the demand for qualified staff in Addis Ababa's flourishing tourism sector.
The 'E' in PROJECT-E stands for 'Education', 'Empower' and 'Ethiopia'. It resembles PROJECT-E’s vision to empower Ethiopian women through education.
PROJECT-E was founded by Wenzel and Moritz Waldstein in 2007. It was their vision to empower young Ethiopian women. By 2009 the organisation had gained a considerable amount of members and impact. The first students finished their three year training in their secreterial science project by 2012.
They want to make an impact – a lasting one. Empowering Ethiopian women through education doesn’t only help those individuals but the entire society. Higher education as key to economic development and ultimately the escape from poverty – that is what they have dedicated ourselves to. Increasing the skill and knowledge level of women is their ultimate goal in order to enable them to live an independent and self-determined life.
Besides this project goal in Ethiopia, the PROJECT-E team in Europe has its agenda as well: Empowering others to empower ourselves. They are all students and young professionals working voluntarily in their free time for this goal – they all share great responsibility in young years which allows them to develop their skills in leadership, project management and determination. Hopefully, they can continue motivate young people from all kinds of background to get involved – there is no better way of challenging yourself and investing in your personal development.