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Monday, June 09, 2014

 


Ethiopia Reads 2014 Spring Newsletter

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Our vision is to empower and strengthen communities through the art of learning and the science of teaching. We believe that providing quality schools, books and learning initiatives that engage both the creative and logical mind will lead to a more resourceful generation of leaders in Ethiopia. We invite you to join us in that endeavor.

 

 

School Profile—Mercato District

The Old Sarum School in the Mercato District of Addis Ababa provides a quality education for some of the neediest families in the capital city. The school serves 70 students, of which 45 are female and 25 are male. The kindergarten program at the Old Sarum School prepares these students to perform academically. The school library promotes early literacy among students. Another key goal of the Old Sarum School is to provide disadvantaged children with the resources they need to attend school, including uniforms, tutorials, nutrition, and access to other programs that will support their academic success.

 

Donor Profile—Bradenton, Florida

Congratulations to Ashlie Fulmer and the Carlos Haile Middle School in Bradenton, Florida for raising over $6,000 for the Horse Powered Literacy Program! Ashlie, a sixth grade language arts teacher, and her husband adopted their son from Ethiopia in 2010. Over 1,000 students and 88 faculty members at Carlos Haile participated in a read-a-thon on December 20, 2013. Students who donated $15 or more were able to participate in the Reading Cafe. In the cafe, over 400 students read and enjoyed cold drinks donated by Starbucks and Smoothie King. Reading crosses borders and continents from Florida to Ethiopia.

 

Country Profile—Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world and the second largest country by population in Africa. Ethiopia is the only African country to defeat a colonial power and retain its independence. Agriculture is a central part of Ethiopia's economy. Coffee is a major export crop and source of employment for Ethiopians.

 

 



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Thursday, May 15, 2014

 


Ethiopia Reads - December 2013 Newsletter

NEW GEBETA COMMUNITY LIBRARY DISHES UP READING AND COMMUNITY IN ADDIS ABABA

This past September, the new Gebeta Community Library opened in Addis Ababa. It was a day of celebration for Ethiopia Reads and our supporters as children in the capital city flocked into the cozy space located in our new office complex in the Kebena neighborhood of Addis Ababa. Executive Director Dana Roskey said, “We are excited to realize our goal of offering children a safe haven to read and have quiet time from the streets in Addis. We’ve done this in Awassa for a while, but we’ve really wanted to bring this model to the capital as well.”

 

The library focuses on educational books and literature for younger children in early grades, a resource that needs much supplementation in Ethiopia. Children are welcome to come enjoy the books in a peaceful and safe environment while improving literacy skills. Young women from our Women Athletes for Literacy and Learning (WALL) program will also now have a place to practice mentorship and teaching. We anticipate a lot of traffic as kids come in to explore and learn.

 

Gebeta means the platter on which the food is served in Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia. Board member Betty Gronneberg said, to her, the Gebeta library symbolizes a place where “your brain [may] be fed and grow with the platter of dishes that is our books. That is what Gebeta is all about; coming together for the purpose of nourishment, socializing and satisfaction.”

 

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KTI SCHOOLS GOING STRONG

The 2013-14 school year is off to a remarkable start. The Azedabo and Fundame library-kindergarten centers opened their doors to students for the first time this fall with a flurry of excitement. Over 200 students attend each school and many youngsters are eager to get their chance to enter the doors next year. The Kololo school, now in it’s second year, is thriving with students and teachers as well.

 

Two Horse-Powered Literacy projects are fully operational in the Kembata-Tembaro region. Although not schools in a traditional capacity, the HPL facilitators reach kids who don’t have access to schools or books and provide lessons in Amharic, English, Science and Math – promoting literacy and a chance for education.

 

The Kembata-Tembaro Initiative (KTI) began in 2011 when the Tesfa Foundation, with support from Ethiopia Reads, built a primary school in the Kololo area of Kembata-Tembaro, opening for students in fall of 2012. Ethiopia Reads is now setting out to build a community library and five new learning centers for children in the Kembata-Tembaro region of Ethiopia. Ongoing community assessments and conversations with local families are pointing to a huge need for kindergarten and library resources in order to turn learning into a life-changing experience for rural Ethiopian children. News spaces, professional development for educators, books and other literacy materials (in both English and local languages) will support young learners in a country where most children learn to ready by rote and pointing to letters on a chart, but have no books to read. We can help change that reality.

 

The successful maintenance of our schools, especially our rural schools, depends heavily on your support. If you would like to help keep a child in school by becoming a School Sponsor and pledging $21 per month or $252 per year, please click here.

 

ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

We’ve seen great success this year with our schools, libraries, horse-powered literacy and sports for development programs - and it can be attributed to you, our generous donors. Ethiopia Reads is proud of 2013, which saw amazing progress and success. As you can see, your support helped us do big things.

  • We served 120,000 children.

  • We built two new library-kindergarten centers that serve 200 children each.

  • We continued to operate three model schools of our own in three different regions of the country.

  • We’ve distributed over 95,500 books since 2011.

  • We maintained and strengthened our 65 school libraries.

  • We finished a project to plant one school library in each region of Ethiopia.

  • We reached 1,850 educators with new literacy skills during the launch of our training program over the past two years.

  • We supported and mentored the young women and girls on our team of runners.

  • We launched two Horse-Powered Libraries for hundreds of rural kids who have no access to school.

We are proud of what we’ve achieved and look forward to touching the lives of more children in the future. But we can’t do it without you. Your end of year gift will help Ethiopia Reads plant more libraries, build more schools, train more teachers, and support more young athletes.

 

Please help us secure a strong future for Ethiopia Reads. www.ethiopiareads.org/annualgiving

THE WALL PROGRAM: AN EVOLUTION OF TEAM TESFA

Women Athletes for Literacy and Learning (WALL) is a new model for the athlete development program. In addition to mentoring our athletes throughout school, we now give them opportunities to mentor and teach the kids within our Ethiopia Reads schools and libraries to enhance positive career training. This full-circle educational loop creates a bonding experience between the young athlete and the child who is from a similar circumstance to what she may have once been in. It mutually reinforces their opportunities for successful futures and fosters a warm and inviting environment inside our libraries. We look forward to watching this exciting program develop.

 


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Monday, December 30, 2013

 


The Gebeta Community Children's Library Brings Books to the Kids of Addis Ababa!

September 25th was a day of celebration for the Ethiopia Reads and supporters as children in the capital city of Addis Ababa made their way into the new Gebeta Community Childrens' Library. Located in our new office complex in the Kebena neighborhood of Addis Ababa, the library was generously sponsored by Gone Reading, an international LLC that donates 100% of after tax profits to funding for libraries around the world.  

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

 


The Logiya Library: A Community Success

Last year, we initiated the "Walk for Logiya Library Project" to establish a functional library in Logiya Primary School in the Afar region of Ethiopia. With the generous support and dedication of numerous donors and volunteers, we were able to raise close to $8000 towards the goal of establishing the library. This summer, the staff at Ethiopia Reads sent some pictures of the furniture and books that were delivered to the school.  We were ecstatic with the result and wanted to share the news. We could never have done it without you. You are the reason for the successful implementation of this project.  We want you to be proud of your accomplishment, and the accomplishment of your children who played a big role in this project.   

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

 


Ethiopia Reads - June 2013 Newsletter

As summer spreads across North America, the rain clouds are blooming over Ethiopia signaling an end to another productive Ethiopia Reads building season. We’ve made exciting progress on our Kembata-Tembaro School Initiatives this year – completing three schools/libraries in the Kembata-Tembaro region of Southern Ethiopia. Our Horse-Powered Literacy (formerly Donkey Mobile Library) program has a new life, and the Awassa Reading Center has a new home. Our schools and libraries across Ethiopia continue to thrive as we continue to look for more opportunities to expand literacy and education.

 


 

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ETHIOPIA READS KEMBATA-TEMBARO INITIATIVE IS GOING STRONG!

The Fundame School and Library

In Fundame, community members banded together with Ethiopia Reads to create a structure that will serve the population for generations. This beautiful new addition to Fundame’s current 1st through 8th grade school will provide greatly needed kindergarten education for the local children, as well as a base for further Ethiopia Reads programming in the area.

 

Previously, children entered first grade with little to no exposure to even the fidel (alphabet). As a result, students quickly fell behind resulting in high student dropout rates at an early age. Those that did continue on were not prepared to meet national testing standards, and go on to high school and college. Exposing young children to early education can make a dramatic difference in that child’s life, giving them a more likely chance of succeeding.

 

The school itself is almost completely built of organic materials. A sturdy wooden frame supports the school’s walls and corrugated roofing. Walls consist of split timbers with multiple coatings of cob and plaster on the interior and cob and cement on the exterior. The flooring is created by the construction of a large cement slab sitting on top of a foundation of tightly compacted boulders. Kembatan artisans make doors and windows locally, and 100% of the organic material used in the school construction was procured within five kilometers of where the school sits.

 

Construction took place during the first quarter of this year with opening celebrations on Friday, April 12th.

 

Please see our Project Manager Cien Keilty-Lucas’ blog to read about the celebration. Warning, the celebration does include visuals of the preparation of a goat for the celebration feast. www.ciensinthemiddleofsomewhere.blogspot.com/2013/04/azedebo-completion-party.html

 

 

The Azedabo School and Library

Thursday April 11th was a day's devoted to celebrating the completion of the Azedabo Kindergarten and Library. The school represents one of the only early-education schools in the area and the library is much needed in a place where books are almost impossible to come by.

 

Village elders, community leaders, teachers, administrators, local government officials, and much of our workforce were invited to the days greatly anticipated program. The community was elated to show off their hard work, and joyously celebrate a new beginning to Azedebo's education culture. People came from as far as two hours away to enjoy the festivities, and all who were in attendance were gleaming with awe and appreciation of the communities’ work.

 

Local officials and Ethiopia Reads representatives were in attendance to thank the community for their hard work. As with every one of Ethiopia Read's completion parties, the occasion was marked with shared stories from the community and a delicious feast. Each guest left with a smile, a full stomach and a heart full of inspiration.

 

All of the photos in this story come from Cien’s work at the school sites.

 

HORSE-POWERED LITERACY GAINS MOMENTUM

Ethiopia Reads’ Horse-Powered Literacy (HPL) program brings teachers and materials to very rural and difficult to reach communities. Currently the program has two hubs. One in Ekodaga, and the other in Kololo. The facilitators travel via horse, donkey or motorbike upwards of 12 miles to small villages with little to no access to educational materials. The facilitator reads Amharic children’s books to the participants and leads the kids through alphabet and basic number exercises. After just a few weeks, once illiterate children begin to sound out words, and soon after read along with the HPL facilitator. The programming successfully introduces reading culture to education barren communities. More importantly, the HPL shares the power of literacy, which soon begets an overwhelming thirst for learning.

 

The photos show an HPL session that recently took place in Tupa, Northern Ambakuna. Lagessa, the facilitator, has been leading these classes for over three months. He visits three different communities twice a week spending up to 3 hours with the students. Each of the visited communities is located within very challenging terrain, yet that doesn't keep students from bounding into the village compelled to hear another story from the man on the horse. Lagessa is averaging around 280 students per session! Yes, 280 students ranging from the age of 3 to teenagers. This program is amazing. The more support we receive, the more we can grow wonderful literacy programs like HPL.

 

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A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEW SCHOOLS OFFICER FOR ETHIOPIA READS

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Ms. Mekdelawit Berhanu as Ethiopia Reads’ Schools Officer in the Addis Ababa office. Her duties will be to oversee efficient operations and high standards in our school programming. Ethiopia Reads has founded and now operates five schools in three regions of Ethiopia – Oromiya, Addis Ababa and in the Kembata-Tembaro region in Southern Ethiopia.

 

Mekdelawit graduated in Computer Science with a Diploma from HiLCoE School of Computer Science and Technology in February 2004 and with a Degree in Educational Psychology from the Addis Ababa University in July 2012. Mekdelawit has been working as a kindergarten teacher at the School of Tomorrow for four years between 2004 and 2008, as well as at the Children’s Home Academy for four years between 2008 and 2012. She also worked at the International Crisis Aid as a Basic Computer Skills teacher, report writer and character formation teacher.

 

Mekdelawit has a strong belief in education. She says, “I believe that education must be given for all people regardless of age and ethnicity. Education is a light for those who are in darkness, and it is a way of transformation. Education can change the way people think. It gives broader concepts about everything, and it leads people to have good perception”.

 

We are eager to see the positive energy that Mekdelawit is sure to bring to our schools and our organization. We welcome her warmly and wish her a bright future with Ethiopia Reads.

 


 

 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

 


“American Girl” Helps Ethiopians to Read

A meet and greet with  “American Girl” author Jane Kurtz Saturday afternoon in Hays brought  many of her young fans to the FHSU Robbins Center.  They brought along their own American Girl dolls, and their moms. 

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

 


Help Keep The Doors of the Awassa Reading Center Open!

The Awassa Reading Center is a rare public library full of eager, young readers in southern Ethiopia. Its purpose is to create a safe, inviting and resource-rich reading space for children in a place where many have never held a book. Donations have fueled this library for seven years, and we hope to keep it going for many more. 

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

 


Our Hearts Are With The Community Of Newtown, CT.

We all at Ethiopia Reads send our love and thoughts to the families and friends of those directly affected by the incident in Connecticut. Centers of education the world round can be magical places that inspire and ignite a spark that can one day change the world. As concerned parents, educators, students, politicians, citizens, let us walk away from the blame game’s and come together to ensure that our children are safe in and outside of our schools. 

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

 


Walk for Logiya Project

  

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

 


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