The Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School is an award-winning, nationally-recognized school dedicated to serving the diverse immigrant communities of Washington, DC. As the first adult education charter school in the United States, the school provides education, career training and support services to the District’s diverse immigrant populations. Over the past 45 years, thousands of students have graduated from the School. Among the immigrants, Ethiopian immigrants are the large representation among the school’s student body to get language and other short term training in the school.
Yeshimebeth T Belay, known as Mama Tutu, is an Ethiopian community leader and entrepreneur. In 1993, she founded the Ethiopian Yellow Pages, Inc., a pioneer information network for the Ethiopian community in the Washington, DC area. Mama Tutu has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA), and an MBA with focus in Marketing from Strayer University (Alexandria, VA). She is involved in many community efforts such as serving on the board of Shaw Main Streets, who aims to restore the diverse and historic environment of Shaw’s 7th and 9th Street commercial corridors. Additionally, she is President of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce; President of the 9th Street Business Association; Founder of the Ethiopian Expo; Founder’s Committee Member of the Greater U Street Area Business Improvement District (BID).
Furthermore, Mama Tutu’s work has received recognition from several organizations including DC Government. On December 2014, the DC Council instituted a ceremonial resolution to designate December 26, 2014 as “Yeshimeth Mama Tutu Belay Day” in the District of Columbia. Additionally, in 2007, the DC Council Designated September 15 of that year as the “Ethiopian Yellow Pages Day” in the District of Columbia.
Mama Tutu has received awards such as the Shaw Star Award (2014) and Woman of the Year Award from the Women’s Association of DC (2004). Her personal achievements have also been noted as a role model through the book “Making It in America: Conversations with Successful Ethiopian American Entrepreneurs” (Hagos, 2004). And also through many letters of recognition from notable figures such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Mayor Vincent C Gray, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Governor Timothy M. Kaine, Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator John Warner.
Having such huge experience and qualification the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School board of trustees selected Mama Tutu to be member of the board as of May 16, 2018. The Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School Board is comprised of 11 members who work alongside CEO, Allison R. Kokkoros, in resource development and fiscal oversight and serve as ambassadors of the School.
Bawza newspaper management and staffs wants to congratulate Mamu tutu for this position.