The school was established as an elementary school in 1968 and was later upgraded to a junior school. Yetmen School comprises grades 1-8 with an enrolment of around 1200 students. These students study in extremely poor conditions. Classes are oversized due to a shortage of facilities. There is a chronic lack of basic equipment such as tables, desks, windows, doors, sanitary units and a host of others. This often results in no practical or interesting lessons making it difficult to deliver basic education. The aim of the project is to renovate and reconstruct the existing school. Foremost, this means rebuilding the classrooms, laying concrete floors, installing ceilings, windows and doors, constructing tables and benches. Additionally, we want to provide instructional materials for the children and teachers.
To collect donations we organize a marathon-student-teachers-race, public speeches, flyers and cooking events and by asking different people and institutions. Now we have even a strong partnership between the Wilhelm-Ostwald-School in Leipzig and the Yetmen School in Ethiopia. We collected money to build four new classrooms and we sank a deep well for a full year water supply. All activities run under strict local survey and permanent control of our people in Ethiopia. We all are volunteers and our “peer-to-peer network” guarantees a high efficiency of cooperation without any delays and money drain.
Our largest project where we seek great help and motivation is building the Yetmen School Library which encourages also the rural community around the village suburb. The library will be a ground-plus-one and stone made building, with a reading room, a store and rooms for computing. We continuously collect donations for this project; indeed, we are not able even to get the half of the proposed cost.
You will find our latest planning and calculations as an attachment. Even do outsourcing some finishing works and material supply, we still have to cope with a financial gap of round about 47.500 Euro (1 Euro = 23 Birr). We would be very grateful for any non-financial assistance e. g. outfitting of the library with Books and Computers. But we have to keep in mind that a computer tax problem may occur on the Ethiopian border.
We looking forward to be supported. With best regards …
Leipziger Freundeskreis Äthiopien e.V.