Fikrte Abebe

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Fikrte came to the United States at the age of eight. She now lives with her parents, brother, and two sisters in Tucker, Georgia. She graduated high school after completing the International Baccalaureate Program, and earning the diploma. Her passions include education and medicine in developing nations. She enjoys getting to know new people and new places and learning as much as possible.


The Nature of Poverty

I co-wrote this blog with Tsion Horra, a fellow Fellow. We were recently exposed to the results of a study done by the UN in 1998. The results were published in a book titled “Voices of the Poor.”  Through the reading we believe we have a deeper understanding of poverty. What we have come to…

08 May, 2013

An Inspiring Woman

In Ecuador, there is a population of about 3.4 million of indigenous people that are descendants of the Inca Empire that existed about 500 years ago before the conquest of Spaniards. To this day, they speak their own language called Quichwa; they dress in their traditional clothing that consists for women of an “anako” (long…

23 April, 2013


My first daily challenge in Ecuador and the highlights of my normal day in Ecuador occur consecutively right after each other. Reminiscing back to filling out the living preferences before coming to Ecuador, I knew living in the Amazon or in the coastal regions was out of the question for me because I was already exhausted…

27 March, 2013

Life in Chimborazo, Ecuador

So for the past two months I’ve been living with a completely indigenous family in the community of Mancheno, about an hour away from Riobamba, Chimborazo and working in an INFA center as well as a school where I teach English. I love my family; especially my grandmother who does a great job of making me feel like a…

04 January, 2013

Just One Gesture of Kindness

It’s amazing how a simple act of kindness and love can have such a significant effect on a person. This past week I spent with my community host family has been one of the hardest weeks of my entire time here in Ecuador. But the one thing I can point to and say “yes this…

10 November, 2012

My Unconventional Path

My name is Fikrte Abebe, I am from Ethiopia and came to the United States at the age of eight. One of the main reasons my parents wanted to move to the United States was because they wanted a better educational opportunity for their children. Therefore, taking a year off school was out of the…

10 July, 2012

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