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Awassa Reading Center - Ethiopia Reads

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BENEFITING: ETHIOPIA Reads

Heather Cox

THE STORY:

Last year Chris & I teamed up with Ethiopia Reads to help fund The Awassa Reading Center, located in Awassa, Ethiopia, for 2013. We had amazing success thanks to all of you, our friends and family! This library was able to keep it's doors open for another year and so many men, women and children have benefited as a result. We are hoping that we can do the same this year... no donation is too small… thank you again!



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 $14,000 by the year end so that we may keep the doors to this invaluable library open another year 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

$14,546

MONEY RAISED
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  • Heather Cox & Chris Koch

    $1,000

  • Stephanie Schroeder

    $20

  • Liv Tunsitu Elkins

    $300

  • Zoe and Eva

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • John, Luke, and Saron Van Wyk

    $75

  • Billy Devany

    $20

  • Meazi and Melese

    $40

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Campanella Family

    $100

  • The Talbot Family

    $40

  • Carter and Shelley Koch

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Vicki Perez

    $100

  • The Tsabars

    $20

  • Jocelyn Brody

    $25

  • Neilan & Tessa Leveque

    $200

  • Nila Neukum

    $500

  • Ruth Yasharpour

    $150

  • Jennifer Pyken & Mike Tavera

    $250

  • The Payne Family

    $100

  • Casey, Tim, Hollis, Liam & Evi Moore

    $25

  • Kathy & Mark Bolls

    $25

  • Mike and Kim Sheerin

    $500

  • Jennifer and Bill

    $15

  • anonymous

    $20

  • Dr. John Cox

    $100

  • Alin Torianyk

    $36

  • Anja Wood

    $50

  • L. Precious

    $25

  • Biruk and Netsanet

    $100

  • Arnold Koch

    $50

  • Lyra Productions, Inc.

    $10,000

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104% Raised of $14,000 Goal

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The Team: $14,546 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Heather Cox

Amount Raised

$14,521

 

104% Raised of $14,000 Goal

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alyse zaczepinski

Amount Raised

$25

Donor Comments

Arnold Koch

Arnold Koch

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Lyra Productions, Inc.

Lyra Productions, Inc.

DONATION: $10,000

4 years ago

Biruk and Netsanet

Biruk and Netsanet

DONATION: $100

From the Dougherty/Grimes family in honor of Biruk and Netsanet's amazing teachers. 4 years ago

L. Precious

L. Precious

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Anja Wood

Anja Wood

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Alin Torianyk

Alin Torianyk

DONATION: $36

4 years ago

Dr. John Cox

Dr. John Cox

DONATION: $100

For Mimi and Mezi 4 years ago

anonymous

anonymous

DONATION: $20

Mrs. Johnson, teacher's aid 4 years ago

Jennifer and Bill

Jennifer and Bill

DONATION: $15

4 years ago

Mike and Kim Sheerin

Mike and Kim Sheerin

DONATION: $500

4 years ago