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Dream for Future Africa Foundation Announces $500,000 Grant from Annenberg Foundation

BEVERLY HILLS, CA– Dream for Future Africa Foundation has announced it will receive a grant for $500,000 from the Annenberg Foundation. The grant will cover construction and initial instructional costs for the Gelila Assefa Puck Vocational Training Center in the Village of Aleltu, Ethiopia.

Said Gelila Puck, founder and chairman of the Dream for Future Africa Foundation, who was born and raised in Addis Abba, Ethiopia: "I am grateful for the support that Wallis Annenberg and her board have given to us for this project. I founded the Dream for Future Africa Foundation to promote opportunity and the learning of real-life skills for African children. This new training center is our first project and will make it possible to begin vocational training almost immediately."

The Gelila Assefa Puck Vocational Training Center will be located in a remote rural section of Ethiopia, 55 miles from the nation's capital at Addis Ababa. The center will initially provide three career-training programs: Information Technology, Hotel and Tourism, and Design.

Said Wallis Annenberg: "I and the Annenberg Foundation are proud to support Gelila Puck and the dedicated staff of the new vocational center. We are pleased to play a part in the important work that they are doing for African children."

About Dream for Future Africa Foundation

Dream for Future Africa was founded by Gelila Assefa Puck in 2010 and is dedicated to providing opportunity and equity for those most in need in Africa.

Gelila Assefa Puck is an internationally known fashion designer, and an award-winning international philanthropist who was born and schooled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For more than a decade, Ms. Puck has been active in supporting women's global health initiatives and the advancement of orphaned children in Africa. Her commitment to her East African heritage and to the communities of her Ethiopian homeland was the subject of a recent and admiring major feature viewed by millions worldwide on CNN International.

The Gelila Assefa Puck Vocational Training Center, sponsored by the Dream for Future Africa Foundation and funded by a generous grant from the Annenberg Foundation, will be located in Aleltu, Ethiopia. An Information Technology lab and program will be the first phase of this new vocational complex. As the training center expands, the center plans to offer vocational programs in Hotel and Tourism and in Design.

Dream for Future Africa Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization designated by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

About the Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation is a private family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. Since 1989, it has generously funded programs in education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment.

In addition, the Foundation and its Board of Directors are directly involved in the community with several projects that expand and complement its grant support to nonprofits. Among them are innovative nonprofit capacity building initiatives, the Annenberg Space for Photography, Explore, and the Metabolic Studio.

The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance the public well-being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving this goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

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