Pangaea Foundation began in 2014 after our family took a trip to Ethiopia, Oromia.
Shortly after the trip, our family knew we needed to build a small elementary school in the countryside, Oromia on our familys’ property. We were caught off guard by how many children in this region that did not attend school due to the fact that the nearest elementary school is 14 kilometers away. Due to this, many of the younger kids don’t attend school. By the time they are old enough to walk to the nearest school, they have already missed the fundamental concepts thus feel frustrated and stop attending school altogether. We started the paperwork to create a non profit organization and began saving some money to go towards building a classroom. By 2015, we felt we could wait no longer. Rundassa made some phone calls to coordinate with his sister Buzu to hire construction workers and a carpenter and the work began to build our one room classroom! This is how it all began and the school has been open to educating 50 children in the area since January 2016.
MEET THE TEAM
Jan Eshete graduated from Brigham Young University in 1993 with her Human Development degree. For the past 20 years she has helped develop and manage the family-owned RV and Homestead Park. Jan currently lives in Stansbury Park with her husband and five children that come and go.
Executive Director: Jan Eshete
Lense is the Co-founder of the Pangaea Family Foundation as well as the social media and marketing Lead. She is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with her Masters in Non-Profit Administration.
Co-Founder/ Marketing and Social Media Lead: Lense Eshete
Buzu serves in a liaison role between the school in Oromia and the Organization. She resides 20 mins from the Hunde Ibsaa School and is a great asset to the Foundation.
School House Liaison: Buzu Eshete