Even during this economic depression we have managed to increase the number of our members and have passed the psychological barrier of 300, in fact we have 302 members. From the kindness and generosity of these members we are able to collect monthly 7528 Euros.
The ability to keep so many quality projects on the go with relatively little money is what allows Mediterranea to be highly productive and attractive to our members. We are very proud of the trajectory of this small, altruistic organisation and have no doubt that with more members we would be able to do much more for many more people.
Mediterranea Projects Fixed Expenses
We have been in Ethiopia for nearly five years now and all of our projects are located in the subcity of Akaki Kaliti.
Abugida Infant School
The total support and financing of this school of 215 children aged 1 to 7.
It consists of a kindergarten for children aged 1 to 3 and an infant school for children aged 3 to 7. This is the only kindergarten of its kind in the area and we would dare to say in the whole of the country.
30 people employed.
The children receive three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and tea.
We started at this school in 2007 and have made various improvements and additions. We have constructed two new classrooms, a kindergarten that also consists of two new classrooms, an outside dining room and kitchen.
At the school a group of 70 women are taught reading and writing in the afternoons.
We are sponsoring 40 of the children, selected as being the poorest of the poor, the majority having single mothers who are HIV+.
Monthly budget 3500/4000 Euros.
This budget will increase when the classroom for the blind children is complete.
Fitawrari Abayneh Infant, Primary & Secondary School
It is to this school that most of the children from Abugida go when they reach primary school age.
We have subsidized the infant school of 160 children, paying for school material and a playground of swings, toboggan and merry go round.
We have paid for a bridging course for children older that 10 who have never been to school because they had to work. These children received a special course between March and September and when they finished it they were incorporated into the school. We paid for all the learning material and for the salaries of the two teachers who gave the course.
We started up a school dining room and kitchen, which provides breakfast for the 160 children of the infant school and breakfast and lunch for 103 orphans.
Apart from the food we pay for the salaries of the four cooks.
We started this feeding project in order to keep the children in school as many were not attending, as they needed to find food.
We paid for uniforms and school material for 100 children.
Monthly budget 1700 Euros
Biru Tesfa Infant School
This is an infant school of 180 children aged 3 to 7.
In December we agreed that we should start to provide breakfast for all the children.
We have paid for the uniforms and school materials for 100 children.
Due to the precarious state in which we found this school we have made a number of important repairs.
We pay the salary of three carers.
Monthly budget 550 Euros
Akaki Mengist Prmary and Secondary School
Although we have no fixed costs for this school at the moment we wanted to include it on the list as it’s going to become one of the schools that we support on a continuous basis.
Of particular interest, this school has two classrooms dedicated to children and teenagers with visual, auditory and psychological disabilities. Here we have started Project Huerto (Vegetable Garden), where we have created a vegetable garden that is solely tended and cared for by the psychologically disabled pupils. The project is self-sustaining as the 13 girls and boys who work the garden will sell their produce at the entrance to the school with the help of their families.
The teachers of these children are very much involved in the project, which has also caught the eye and made a good impression with the directors of the school, the Kebele (neighbourhood authority) and the authorities of the subcity
We want to extend this project to the other schools in Akaki.
We have also sent learning materials, games, a wheelchair and many pairs of crutches for the physically disabled. We want to send more materials to help the disabled of this school.
Project Huerto has cost 300 Euros
With the help of a group of volunteers we are presently pulling together materials to help the blind children of the school.
Through the Fourth World Mallorca Programme we provide packs of basic food provisions for 440 people who have no government support and very little means of supporting themselves. During the tourist season we expect that some of these people will be able to provide for themselves.
All of these costs amount to 7000/7450 Euros per month
We are able to use one off contributions that we receive from time to time to help us meet these monthly costs when the monthly contributions from our members does not fully cover them. We also use these contributions to fund new construction and repairs at ‘our’ schools in Ethiopia.
In Mediterranea we do not accept any public subsidies or grants as we do not want to loose our independence and objectivity. We are a true Non Governmental Organisation.
Thank you to everyone who is making possible what we are doing.