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Awassa Reading Center - Ethiopia Reads

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BENEFITING: ETHIOPIA Reads

Heather Cox

THE STORY:

I have recently teamed up with Ethiopia Reads to help fund The Awassa Reading Center, located in Awassa, Ethiopia, for 2013. This Center has proven, over the years, to be a very important part of the community since opening it's doors in 2005. And these doors have only been able to remain open for the past 7 years due solely to generous donations from people like you.

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. The library bridges several neighborhoods and a number of primary and secondary schools, providing a study space and source of reading material for children from a large portion of the city.

The Center is nearly always full after school, even in an environment where many young children must work in addition to attending and seeking an education. The building bustles with activity designed to drive a love of literacy, including weekly reading circles organized by age. It sees anywhere between 118 to 180 men, women and children a day, while also serving as a literacy-training site used to open up a new, interactive and engaging educational world for teachers and library workers who often go in front of children without proper training.

Ethiopia Reads has successfully planted nearly a dozen libraries in schools in and around Awassa, but there are still many Awassa schools where children learn to read without ever having the chance to hold a single book. The Awassa Reading Center will put books in their hands!

Although Ethiopia has made enormous strides and managed to get 500% more children in school in the past 20 years, increasing enrollment has led to even fewer supplies in schools. To really change the future for families and communities, children need access to better education than the Ethiopian government can provide in most areas.

We are hoping to raise $10,000 by the year end so that we may keep the doors to this invaluable library open and continue to put books in the hands of the men, women and children of Ethiopia. I know this is a big goal, but I feel confident that we can do it!

Reading isn’t just fun in Ethiopia—it’s life changing.

Thank you so much!

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To This Fundraiser

$8,625

MONEY RAISED
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  • Heather Cox

    $500

  • Lisa Service

     

  • Matt

    $750

  • Shelley Koch

    $50

  • Sonia Prince, Nashua NH

    $20

  • Shelato and Pacey Brody

    $10

  • Meazi and Melese

    $50

  • Jennifer H.

    $35

  • Chef Robért Motion Picture & Television Catering

    $250

  • Missy Mansour & Family

     

  • Dan Fogelman

    $1,000

  • Lev L. Spiro & Melissa Rosenberg

    $1,000

  • Liv Tunsitu Elkins

    $200

  • Dominic, Natalie and Simone

    $50

  • Ressler/Gertz Family

    $1,000

  • Nila Neukum

    $500

  • Casey Cox

     

  • Silanchi Erickson

    $25

  • Julie O.

     

  • Neilan & Tessa Leveque

    $200

  • Mike and Kim Sheerin

    $500

  • Mark Hopkins McNabb

    $100

  • Eli and Ruthie Winter

    $100

  • Aster and Judah Walker

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Dick & Joan Egan

    $100

  • Anja Wood

     

  • John, Luke, and Saron

    $150

  • the edmunds family

    $50

  • John and Louisa Smieska

    $1,000

  • Emily Buster

    $40

  • Dan & Stacey Woodward

    $100

  • The Threadgills

    $25

  • Workneh and Kidist

    $100

  • Yihun & Fedila

    $100

  • Tamara Horton

     

  • Amy Holdcroft

     

  • Yenenesh and Demoze Talbot

    $100

  • Anne and Aliya

    $50

  • Donna Strandt

    $20

  • Dave Landesberg

    $50

  • Robin Siegel

    $25

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86% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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The Team: $8,625 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Robin Siegel

Robin Siegel

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Dave Landesberg

Dave Landesberg

DONATION: $50

Read on! 5 years ago

Donna Strandt

Donna Strandt

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Anne and Aliya

Anne and Aliya

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Yenenesh and Demoze Talbot

Yenenesh and Demoze Talbot

DONATION: $100

Thank you for giving your time and energy so generously!! xo 5 years ago

Amy Holdcroft

Amy Holdcroft

5 years ago

Tamara Horton

Tamara Horton

LOVE this! Let's keep it going. 5 years ago

Yihun & Fedila

Yihun & Fedila

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Workneh and Kidist

Workneh and Kidist

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

The Threadgills

The Threadgills

DONATION: $25

5 years ago