Catching up with Cherokee House

Spring and summer have been hoppin’ here at the Cherokee House! So much so that we are woefully behind in posting about it. Here’s a brief summary to get you up to speed:

Mung San

Originally hailing from Myanmar/Burma, Mung San was a highly talented intern with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). He was completing the requirements of his Master’s degree from the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. Here is just one example of his creativity:

Kenan-Flagler, UNC

Fifteen MBA students, three professors and a videographer from the University of North Carolina Kenan Flagler Business School came to Addis as part of a Sustainability Leadership Capstone course. The students worked with Selam Technical School and Hulegeb Blind & Disabled Association on projects identified by the organizations. Read more about their experience here:

Practicing Leadership and Impact

Rising with Resilience


A marketing guru that has worked for large corporations around the world, Shelby was exploring opportunities to use her power for good 🙂 She met with NGOs that have a business mind as well as businesses with a social purpose to identify a good fit for her next career/life move. We hope to see her back here in Addis or in Kenya soon!

Stephanie, Batonga Foundation

The Batonga Foundation was started by internationally renowned singer Anjelique Kidjo and supports both secondary school and higher education for girls in Africa by granting scholarships, building secondary schools, increasing enrollment, improving teaching standards, providing school supplies, supporting mentor programs, exploring alternative education models and advocating for community awareness of the value of education for girls. Stephanie, Batonga’s executive director, was in Ethiopia to check on some of their partner organizations and women who benefit from their programs.

St David’s School

A group of ten high school students and two chaperones from St David’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina, visited Addis to partner with Misrak Meserete Kristos Church (MMKC) youth group. In addition to side visits to orphanages, a hospital and a soup kitchen, the youth worked together to paint classrooms at the church and organize a new library. They not only formed sweet relationships with one another, they also bonded with the local wildlife.


A former investment banker in Texas, Marshall wanted to spend some time volunteering before heading to Harvard Business School in the fall. He split his time between projects at Joshua, a credit union, and Selam Technical School, and did an Excel training for local professionals. In addition to his economic and business prowess, Marshall also rocked yoga and Ethiopian traditional dancing during his stay.

Pam, Connected in Hope

We always love when Pam is in town! Pam’s organization, Connected in Hope, supports weavers with the Former Women Fuel Wood Carrier’s Association and is now also encouraging education. If you haven’t purchased one of their scarves yet, we strongly suggest you do!


Jonathan is in the middle of his MBA degree at Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Having previously started LifeNet International, a health care business in Burundi, Jonathan is now conducting due diligence for an investment company looking to place capital in East Africa. Although he can’t literally crack a whip, he is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Liz, Sseko Designs

Although you might think Liz is fourteen years old, she is actually firmly out of school and running her own business. Sseko Designs employs woman to make accessories and earn money for their education in Uganda and Kenya. They are now looking to expand to Ethiopia. We highly recommend you check out Sseko and its great story and products.


The Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina identifies some of the best and brightest from the U.S. and internationally. We were fortunate to have Ian, Nikki and Bulut, all Morehead-Cain recipients, spend their summer internships with us. Ian was at Berhan Yehun, Nikki was at Destiny Academy, and Bulut was at CCL. Stay tuned for their blog posts about their experiences.

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