1 Sep 2012

Mikias update.


Mikias Dejene is one of the Ethiopian children  we have brought over to be operated by Dr.Sanpera. He spent more than a year here and he needed many operations till his arm, and life was saved. During that time he lived with a few wonderful and generous families who took him in as one of their own. The Baleares International College kindly had him, free of charge, as a student at the school , where he made many friends and kept up with his academic obligations.  Since his return to Ethiopia Mikias has been going to one of the best schools in Addis Ababa thanks to the students, their parents and the staff from the Baleares International College  who fund his schooling.
Here are his last term reports.

Thank you all for your help.
A better world is possible.

27 Aug 2012

CHAPTER 5. FITAWARARI SCHOOL


CHAPTER 5. FITAWARARI SCHOOL, AKAKI, ETHIOPIA

At this school we have been running a dining room since 2010 for 174 primary children selected from amongst the poorest, orphans or those with HIV.  
These children have breakfast and lunch, just as we provide breakfast for the 290 pre-school children. Breakfast for all the children is made up of bread and milk. 
We have kept the dining room going this summer. Unfortunately due to some irregularities with the accounts at the present time we have had to stop sending the money we had been sending since our last visit. We hope to resume this in September when the accounts are sorted out. 

Photos: some of the children who attend the summer dining room

CHAPTER 4 : BIRU TESFA


BIRU TESFA, PRESCHOOL BUILDING

At the end of 2010, as part of our "Schools in Akaki" project we started providing breakfast of bread and milk to 190 infant pupils aged 3 to 7, which we continue to do throughout the summer to ensure the children are better fed (our summer is their cold and wet season).
We had a meeting with the management and requested them to give us better information on the accounts. We believe that this has been a case of neglect and slackness rather than bad intention, in addition they were buying the milk from small local farmers to save money but the farmers didn’t always provide the right amount and they kept changing the price. From now on they will buy the milk from the local dairy cooperative which will mean better quality and control of the milk. 
As far as everything else is concened the Biru school is like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona – we’d never get round to finishing the repair works to the building. There is a complete lack of maintenance and lots of neglect even though some of things could be sorted out easily. But we can’t assume responsibility for everything so we will concentrate on the breakfasts and paying the wages of the kitchen staff.