Our Start

Three children from the village Aykel, pictured with their toy car made from plastic cans and lids.

Three children from the village Aykel, pictured with their toy car made from plastic cans and lids.

 

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. He managed to take the picture above right before he left, and the experience was one of the motivating factors that led to the formation of One Mind at a Time.

The picture below is another from the 2015 trip, with Jack posing for a picture with five local boys. They had followed the research group as they prospected for fossils, and just as the group left, Jack gave the boys a few more of the dwindling stock of toys he had brought along.

Jack Kappelman with students from area around Gundawoojha

Jack Kappelman with students from area around Gundawoojha

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.

When Jack came back to the states, he got to work with his friends and with the help of Piper Neulander and Jakob Dornhofer, One Mind at a Time was born.

 

One Mind at a Time was officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) Exempt Nonprofit on June 19, 2017.

 
From left to right: Ruth, a Parent Board Member of Tumet General, Principal Kaseem, Metasabie Endanamaw, Lake Andargie, Tumet General's 4th Grade teacher, a Parent Board Member, a Parent Board Member, and Jack

From left to right: Ruth, a Parent Board Member of Tumet General, Principal Kaseem, Metasabie Endanamaw, Lake Andargie, Tumet General's 4th Grade teacher, a Parent Board Member, a Parent Board Member, and Jack

8th Grade students at Tumet General Primary School during a question and answer competition 

8th Grade students at Tumet General Primary School during a question and answer competition