Feeding Programme in the kindergarten of Abba Gebremichael High School High School Mekele, Ethiopia
(Posted on 15/11/12)Gobaith i Ethiopia – Hope for Ethiopia initially developed from an informal arrangement of a small group of people in Wrexham in North Wales who wanted to do something to help fund a feeding programme in the kindergarten of the Abba Gebremichael High School in principal city of Mekele in Tigray the northern province of Ethiopia. Through personal contacts, it had been discovered that as a result of poverty many of the children had been dropping out of education because their parents were unable to provide them with the food that other children were able to bring to school. They were therefore depriving themselves of the resources which could enable them to halt the cycle of poverty in which they lived.
Following a visit to Ethiopia by five of the group in 2005, when the people we met in Mekele impressed us with their warmth and hospitality, despite their meagre resources, it was decided to expand our horizons and attempt to help fund the construction of a new purpose built nursery. With this new vision it was decided to place the fundraising on a new level and to register as a charity. Hence Gobaith i Ethiopia – Hope for Ethiopia was born.
By providing funding to an already existing project, the charity was able to assist in sustaining the ongoing education of children from an early age. Each child in the kindergarten is now provided with at least one balanced meal a day which is cooked for them on the premises. Much like our breakfast clubs, it has enabled the children to progress in their education and on into the higher grades.
The nursery build was completed in 2010 and equipment has been provided for the playground. Help has been given higher up the school for computers and renovation of the toilet facilities.