Schools of Akaki: Our Return to Addis Ababa

October 5, 2010 No Comments

Sunday, October 10th, 2010 we will return to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This time, apart from checking out the Abugida School, new projects and relationships are waiting for us.

We can now rename the project: “Schools of Akaki”.

On the first day, we shall sign an agreement between the Kebele of Akaki and the Mediterranea NGO Group. Through this act, the Kebele of Akaki will become our official counterpart to help oversee the schools and education for the local children in this area of Ethiopia.

They have kindly issued letters and documents which will help us with Customs and ensure safe-conduct for us – knowing well the way local Mafiosos work in that area. And with these additional “friends”, it gives us more of a feeling of “better safe than sorry”!

We are looking forward to some heartwarming  moments at the Abugida school as well as in the kindergarten. We will also visit the Fitawrari public school where we are providing daily breakfasts for 160 children (one studies better with a full stomach). We also hope to be able to inaugurate the kitchen and dining hall we have built so as to be able to feed over 100 orphans. Heavy rainfall has delayed the opening of this dining hall until now.

We will get to know the Biru Tesfa junior school, which was closed for years and will be re-opened this year with Mediterranea’s help. And we will meet the disabled and handicapped children at the Akaki Mengist school. We intend to evaluate the situation better so we can find out what we can do in the near future for these Ethiopian children with special needs.

And, of course, we will have meetings with our “adopted” families – with those brave mothers and grandmothers (and also with one father equally valued) that we are honored to be able to help. To see the positive evolution of these families is most gratifying and cannot be described in words. To bring hope to people who never had it before is a great responsibility, but is also very worthwhile. It is good to see how our mothers, grandmothers, and one father are stronger with every passing day.

There has been no single case of abandonment due to poverty, or for any other reason, at any of our school programs.  Fortunately, there has also not been any grave health problems with any of the children, which again demonstrates the direct relationship between food supply and health.

We shall meet the old folks of the “railroad district” whom we support financially. We will also meet the adult students of Abugida, who not even during the Summer interrupted their lessons. And, we will certainly be meeting up with the many proud parents of Abugida who are so very happy to have their children in our school.

We are so happy and proud, as well, to be a part of each and every one’s success!

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