One Mind at a Time

For: One Mind at a Time
Austin, TX
Organizer: Jack Kappelman
One Mind at a Time (One Mind at a Time)
of $9,000 goal
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Raised by 24 donors

The Story

Student to Student Learning through Giving

One Mind at a Time is a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization foundedby a group of high school students dedicated to improving the lives of Ethiopian children by giving them access to the best possible education. The group believes that by working in coordination with a select school, we can work on promoting education in Ethiopia and unlocking every student's full potential, one mind at a time. 

As an organization run by students for students, 100% of all donations go directly to supporting the students in Ethiopia.

It all started when...

In December of 2015, our group member Jack Kappelman visited Ethiopia with his father, Dr. Kappelman, going to the archaeological research site Dr. Kappelman runs. When Jack was there, he was moved by experiences he had with students in the area.

One of the first interactions he had with the local children was when he drove through the town of Aykel with his father's group. Three little boys came up to the car and waived at him, and Jack noticed that the toy car they had was a plastic gas can with plastic lids as wheels and a string to pull it with. Jack had brought some old toys to give to kids, and gave the three boys some matchbox cars. The experience was one of the motivating factors that led to the formation of One Mind at a Time.

One of the founding ideas of One Mind at a Time is to provide Ethiopian children with resources that they currently lack. While Jack was there, he was moved by the experiences he had with some of the local kids. He was struck by the poverty that he faced, and though he had given out the toys he had brought for children there, he wanted to do more.


One Mind at a Time has a partnership with Tumet General Primary School in Tumet, Ethiopia, to help fill the needs of students, teachers, and the community. On the first trip to Tumet in December 2017, One Mind at a Time met with the Principal, teachers, students, and community leaders to assess need. After doing so, One Mind at a Time provided a variety of materials, ranging from pens and notebooks to floor mats for the Kindergarten classroom. 

Though we have taken great first steps in our partnership with Tumet General Primary School, there is still more work to be done. The next project is one of huge importance: a new school building and a well.

Tumet General Primary School has a population of 550 students, ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Each day, the students of the older grades sit in overcrowded classrooms, and all students are without any water source close to the school. Students must either carry water from home or leave class and use the well in town, which is a considerable distance away.

We have a fundraising goal of $9,000 to build a new building and well for Tumet General Primary School. 100% of donations will go towards the project, as each team member pays for their own plane ticket and in-country costs.

Any and all donations are currently being accepted through the website If you have any questions about anything, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Thank you so much for your generosity!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 11, 2018


Posted on January 11, 2018

Dear all,

Thank you for your tremendous support throughout this entire process. With your generous donations, we have raised over $3,000 in just 3 months! With this money, One Mind at a Time will be able to pay for a new well for the children of Tumet General Primary School to be built in December, 2018!

However, you may have noted that the goal on our fundraiser has been raised from $3,000 to $9,000. This is because since we have reached our goal to build the new well for Tumet General Primary School, we can focus on another major issue facing the school: overcrowding.

While meeting with the principals and teachers this winter, One Mind at a Time became determined to not only construct a new well to replace the one that broke nearly 3 years ago, but also a new classroom building. With a budget of $6,000, we will be able to construct a new concrete building to help increase teaching spaces. 

Please consider helping us reach this goal by spreading the word about One Mind at a Time to people you know, or through social media. And of course, thank you so much for your generous support! Your donations will help us provide a source of water for the students throughout the school day, eliminating the need to leave class for the long walk to the well in town or carrying water to school from home. 

Thank you,

One Mind at a Time

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