(WZZM) - Ethiopia is one of the oldest, but poorest countries in the world. In recent years it has often been plagued by drought, famine and war.
A group from West Michigan is trying to help fund education in Ethiopia, where two thirds of the population is illiterate.
Art Aid for Tesfa builds schools in Ethiopia and teaches art. Artist Stephanie Schlatter travels to Ethiopia and works with children there to create art. She says for many of the children, who are usually between 4 and 6 years old, it's the first time they have held a crayon or paintbrush.
Art Aid for Tesfa will hold a fundraising gala on Friday, November 9 from 6-10 pm. It will be at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center at 1320 East Fulton in Grand Rapids. You can get tickets by going to www.artaidfortesfa.org. Tickets cost $50 and include food and a couple drinks.
Food will be provided by Chef Tommy Fitzgerald, local Ethiopian restaurants, and Amore Trattoria Italiana. Wine will be provided by Black Star Frams and you can even paint a wine label. Beer will be provided by Founders Brewing Company. "Afro Zuma" will perform music.