What is Wodaj?
In Amharic, Wodaj loosely means "a friend who is close like family."
Wodaj is the premier Denver resource for Ethiopian adoptees to connect with allies, mentors, and peers who share the same ethnicity. We envision a community in which transracially adopted kids feel confident, feel grounded in all parts of their identities, are equipped to skillfully navigate their world and thrive in every aspect of their lives.
Recognizing that Denver is the third largest city for Ethiopian immigrants, Wodaj seeks to unite the adoption community with the local Ethiopian community to foster interest and understanding of racial identity and cultural heritage.
Partnering with the Evangelical Church of Denver, the Ethiopian Kids Club was born in 2017 to offer social activities for adoptees. Recognizing a broader need to support adoptees and the broader Ethiopian community, Wodaj was officially formed into a non-profit in 2018.
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2/12/21 COVID-19 UPDATE: We are now accepting applications for new mentors & mentees and anticipate a new class will be starting in May 2021, pending weather and safety guidelines.