Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mural at Awassa Negat Cokeb government school

This mural was completed in January 2013 over the course of two weeks with the help of American volunteers, and donations of art supplies from Dick Blick Inc., Nova Color Inc. and Golden Paints.  
Students of all ages at Negat Cokeb, a poor government school, observed and participated.  The main artists were from the Awassa Youth Campus, an NGO started by a group from the University of Chicago to bring arts, sports, gymnastics, and other activities to the youth of Awassa.
Laptop computers and art supplies were also donated to the school. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Friday, November 16, 2012

2012 images

Lalibela Primary School

A smattering of images from our 2012 trip.  Thats volunteer Conner communicating at Hilton, the Lalibela Primary School in Lalibela, and the beautiful handmade scarves we bought for fundraising at the Former Women Woodcarriers Association.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

T-Shirts for Sale!

Graphics done by children in our workshops. These ladies work at Sele Enat orphanage and asked us to make sure they were included in this year's order. Get yours for $10.00/plus shipping. Adult sizes M and L.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hooray for Donations!

Thanks to Bannockburn Elementary School 8th grade Student Council in Bannockburn, Illinois, we are receiving multiple boxes of donated art supplies. These kids have done an amazing job collecting materials for us and getting the word out about our projects in Ethiopia. A big thank you to all students who helped out and to Joanie Lampert for coordinating and getting the boxes in the mail. Amasegenalu!!

Monday, May 3, 2010


WIGUIWTB had our First Annual Art Opening on May 2 at Asmara Restaurant in Oakland. We had an excellent turnout of artists from the Bay Area, as well as a few from across the country. A very worthwhile event!

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Over Easter, WIGUIWTB spent four days in Baja California doing workshops at Casa De Paz and Rancho El Faro in Mexico's beautiful Valle De Guadelupe. How did WIGUIWTB end up in Baja? We found a great organization called Corazon de Vida Foundation located in southern CA, which is devoted to helping children in orphanages in Baja. They invited us to do our workshops with kids in these two homes and here are some of the results. We did tissue paper collage, painting and drawing, india ink scratch and reveal works on canvas, and lots of clay animation. Each orphanage got a permanent art work to hang on their wall which will last for years to come. The children had a lot of fun and so did we.

We were there during the big earthquake and felt a small rumble as we were enjoying a delicious lunch of empanadas in a little Russo-Mexican restaurant in the valley, but were blissfully unaware of the media attention as we had no access TV or the internet.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Volunteer Meeting

Join us for Ethiopian eats and discussion about this year's trip to Ethiopia in June.

When: Sunday 3/21/2010 4:00

Where: Asmara Restaurant

5020 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609-2014
(510) 547-5100

Thursday, December 24, 2009


To order our freshly roasted Fair Trade Ethiopian Coffee:

e-mail us at with your order and shipping address, and we will e-mail you an invoice. Checks can be made out to When I Grow Up I Want To Be, Inc.:

$15.00/lb.     $25.00/2 lbs.  (shipping additional)

For larger orders we can have the roaster ship directly to you!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Looking forward to Ethiopia trip 2010.  Thanks to 2009 volunteers!

Crayon and construction paper collage done at the Former Women Fuelwood Carriers Association school.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


To see a video describing the making of this welded rebar sculpture by Erik visit: