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DENGESHTA PRIMARY SCHOOL - GRADES 1 - 3 IN 2 BUILDINGS

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Photos 1 & 2:  There are so many volunteers to plaster the walls with mud/straw!  These parents "own" the school.  Photo 3: Happy fathers.




ACCESS TO EDUCATION - 3 NEW SCHOOLS

Villagers know how to get a school built - VOLUNTEER.  Villagers are asking for schools.  Word has spread that if the village provides the labor and materials, Project Ethiopia will give the roof, floor, desks and blackboards.  This is perfect for Project Ethiopia because the pride of ownership guarantees that maintenance and care for the school is willingly done by the villagers.  And more good news for education: like planting a seed, when Project Ethiopia builds a school building, the government supplies certified teachers and student textbooks.  So building the school building causes everything else to "bloom".  
 
Tara and Girarghe Primary Schools were very primitive Basic Education Schools that taught reading and writing.  The teachers were volunteer parents who could read and write.  When the schools were built, they became certified schools.  West Berayta was an official school for grades 1 to 4 but it was unsafe and dangerous.  After Project Ethiopia built 3 new buildings, the school expanded to grade 8.

 

TARA PRIMARY SCHOOL - GRADES 1 - 3 IN TWO BUILDINGS

 
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1. Paul's daughter and Workineh  having a look around a basic education classroom in the Tara school.
2.  The two Tara school buildings finished and ready for paint.
3. Village girls who attend Tara primary school.
 
 

GIRARGHE PRIMARY SCHOOL - GRADES 1 - 4  IN THREE BUILDINGS

 
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1. The classroom before the new building - students sat on the dirt floor and there are holes in walls. 
2. What a difference!  Thanks to the generous support of people like you, Project Ethiopia, with the help of local tradesmen and the villagers themselves, these children now have new classrooms with concrete floors, yellow-painted desks and good window shutters.  
 
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1 - 3. The school buildings completed.
 
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4.  At the inauguration of the school.
5. The Girarghe school well ready for use.
  


WEST BERAYTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 3 BUILDINGS with 7 classrooms with 1,226 students, library and administration:

West Berayta was an unsafe and dangerous school for grades 1 to 4.  It was unrepairable due to severe cracking of the cement block walls due to the swelling and contraction of the soil in the rainy and dry seasons.  With the help of a German construction company that told us the strategy for a non-swelling foundation, we built 3 new buildings for a safe school for grades 1 to 4 and then to expand to grades 5 to 8.
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1. The building finished last year and the admin/library building as seen through the window of the old and dangerous building.
2. The classroom with painted walls, triple desks (although used by 4 students in this class of 53).
3. The faculty meeting in the new administration/library building - bright painted walls, good door and windows. 

     

The 3rd building (classrooms) being painted - note the clipped grass serving as a "drop cloth". showing library to the left.


ACCESS TO LIBRARIES - 3 LIBRARIES BUILT

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1. The 6000 9th & 10th grade students of Mengeshu Jemberee are very happy with the new large library and furniture. 
2. All students can use the main library, with a separate library for the 3,000 girls.
3. The West Berayta Elementary School library.

 RETENTION - HELPING GIRLS STAY IN SCHOOL

Nothing is as big a barrier to girls who reach puberty as the lack of school latrines and lack of menstrual supplies.

Ethiopian girls miss 3-5 days of school per month – 50 days per school year – frequently causing them to drop out of high school because they lack adequate supplies related to menstruation.  - girls2women.org website.

The goal of Project Ethiopia: each girl will make 6 washable pads, a holder with elastic waistband, a carrying case for spare or used pad with plastic bag.  

SUCCESS!  Project Ethiopia hoped that for this challenging first training 3 teachers and 6 girls would sign up - More girls attended than expected.

Awoke was the teacher.

They had instructions in Amharic from http://girls2women.org, an organization that has done this training in other parts of Ethiopia and helped us with our plans.


   

Project Ethiopia bought the cotton t-shirt material for the pads, the cotton for the holder, the elastic and button for the waist band and the girls and teachers did everything else: from cutting out the pattern and fabric to sewing the pieces together.  They would know ALL the steps to making more pads and showing others.  Most were very skilled with a needle and thread.  Each made 1 pad, the holder and carrying case and took home the material for 5 more pads.

 Project Ethiopia will supply the material and 2 panties to each girl as the training sessions continue with the girls and teachers as the "experts".

Thank you for what has been accomplished.  


ACCESS TO EDUCATION -  SMALL,  but HUGE HURDLES - UNIFORMS

1695 ETHIOPIAN STUDENTS THANK YOU FOR UNIFORMS!

Imagine not being able to start school until you were 14 years old!  Read here about these 6 students who are starting 1st grade.

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1. Before uniforms - these students attended school, but faced discrimination for being noticeably poor.
2. With uniforms comes equality in the classroom.
3. Each student being given school supplies.                             

 


STUDY HARD, PLAY HARD

321 Jump Ropes for the Girls
   
22 Soccer Balls for the Boys
 

 HELP FOR BLIND STUDENTS

Each white cane = independence for 2 people!
The person who has guided the blind person can now be free to go to school themselves.

   

Learning to become self-sufficient.


Reams of braille paper are also provided, as well as plastic grids and stylus/pins for the students to take notes during class.  They take notes by pushing through the heavy paper to make holes.  They poke holes from right to left in the paper.  Then they turn the paper over to read from the rough side from left to right.

 

Accomplishments so far in Education:

11/11/11 (Quantities since July 2005)
 
Qty. to Date     Price of Each Item
7           School buildings $6,000
3           Libraries
2,445    Library books - 3 libraries at rural elementary school and 9th - 10th grade school $3
120       Library furniture - 80 chairs, 20 tables $45 each set shelving $120 each stack  
451       Personal reading books $1
1695     School uniform, sewn large enough to last 2 year  (only set of clothing for many) $8
1695     Supplies for a year (5 exercise books, 1 pen, bar of soap) $3
232       Second set of clothes $4
56         School black board materials: wood, framing, nails, paint $21
175       Desks for 3 students - 1050 students have desks (2 shifts) $35
226       Bench for 3 - 4 students - 904 students have benches (2 shifts) $10
19         Girls trained to help girls make washable sanitary pads, all fabric and elastic supplies
30         Solar lanterns for study at home $27
22         High quality soccer balls $15
615       Jump rope $1
25         White canes for blind students $17
2           Reams of heavy Braille paper $4
2           Computers and supplies $1000
             Paint for schools, erasers and chalk
  
 
 

A Great Beginning - Help Us Do More!

 
 
 
 

Project Ethiopia  c/o Interfaith Community Sanctuary, 1763 NW 62nd Street, Seattle, WA 98107

Project Ethiopia has 501(c)(3) status so US donations are tax deductible.