ZEMENE's dream is to attend College in the United States and become a physicians assistant so she can help others. Zemene is grateful for all the help she's been given by so many people, including Dr. Rick Hodes, Dr. Boachie and The Olney School in Ohio.  Zemene is determined to continue her education after graduating from high school so she can earn a degree and help young girls in her village. Donate directly to Z Prod Films and 100% of your donation will go towards Zemene's college fund.

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Zemene's School in Belessa, Ethiopia has been completed!

The construction of the four classroom school in Zemen's village, Belessa, Ethiopia is completed!  It was furnished with school desks and blackboards and handed over to the local community education office. 

Thank you to the local American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in the endeavor to build this school with the help of the local community and to Pathways to Children, a non-profit based in Mpls. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to make this dream of Zemene's possible. We loved screening the film and sharing Zemene's story and are humbled by all the support.


To make a donation to Zemene for her education

please make your check payable to: Melissa Donovan

Mailing Address:

Z Prod Films, LLC  c/o Melissa Donovan

318 W15th St #2B

New York, NY 10011 

Phone: 917-723-6364

Email: Melissa@zemenefilm.com

For a 501c3 Donation, please see Rise Up, Inc. at the bottom of the page.

To make a Donation by Paypal see the link below.

Thank you!

We continue our effort to bring positive change to Zemene's village with help from the non-profit organization, Ethiopia Reads. Recently, we provided two water tanks to the village to help store water during the drought. If you'd like to donate to this cause and goal of bringing a well to the village, please visit: http://www.ethiopiareads.org/zemene

To make a Tax-Deductible Donation via our Fiscal Sponsor,                                                                         

Rise Up, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Rise Up is committed to providing educational spaces, opportunities, and learning resources to rural, developing, and indigenous communities around the world.


Please mail checks to:

Rise Up, Inc.

6825 Hwy 10Tahlequah, OK  74464                              


Mail: contact@riseuped.org

Please put “Zemene” in the memo line.
You will receive a tax deductible receipt for your donation.