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Educational Transformation for Hawora Village, Ethiopia

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Update--Impact already seen at the Hawora School!
April 20, 2016

I just received an email today from Meghan Walsh, the Director of Roots Ethiopia, who forwarded me a message from her program manager in Ethiopia.  See more

BENEFITING: ROOTS ETHIOPIA INC

Sarah Lenssen

THE STORY:

Our daughter, Bereket is 6. This fall she started kindergarten at our neighborhood school--beautifully renovated just last year with funds from the school levy. She has 23 friends in her class, a room full of books and supplies, state of the art technology, beautiful furniture and a bathroom attached to the classroom with a toilet just the right size for a kindergartener. They thought of everything.

Eight thousand miles away, in the Ethiopian village of Hawora, in the area where our daughter was born, there stands a neighborhood school that has not been beautifully renovated--and has no school levy posed to help them. At Hawora Primary School a typical class has 70 students who crowd into a room with broken furniture, worn out blackboards deteriorated walls and dusty dirt floors. The lack of teaching materials available for teachers and students is taking a toll on their quality of education: very few textbooks, no science supplies, and a shortage of sports equipment. Additionally, the school lacks vented toilets--instead they have pit latrines that are shared by boys and girls, posing hygiene and sanitation problems that further inhibit a healthy learning environment.

The good news is that the Hawora community is ready to transform their school into a learning environment that will change the lives of hundreds of children! Partnering with Roots Ethiopia, Hawora Primary School leaders and community members, we plan to reinvent a space that will become a hub of quality learning and community collaboration--something the community will feel ownership and pride of for years to come.

Our family is excited for the opportunity to partner with Roots Ethiopia and the Hawora community to: renovate classrooms, provide new desks, blackboards, text books, and science lab materials. We will raise funds so that restrooms with toilets--separate for boys and girls--can be built by the community! The children will be provided with hygiene education aimed at promoting practices that would help prevent water and sanitation-related diseases, as well as promoting healthy behaviour for future generations.

Please join us and help transform Hawora Primary School into a place where children are excited to learn and have access to learning materials that open their minds to all the world has to offer. Make your tax-deductible gift today and invest in this generation of children who have the potential to change the future of the community! 

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    $200

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    $200

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    $50

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    $250

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    $25

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    $250

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    $100

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    $75

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    $500

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    $25

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    $500

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    $500

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    $500

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    $25

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    $150

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    $18

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    $10

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    $75

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    $20

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    $200

  • Oliver Luna

    $11

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    $500

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    $600

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    $600

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    $30

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    $150

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    $50

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    $180

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    $50

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    $35

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    $100

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    $100

  • Matching Donor

    $2,000

  • Katy Lloyd and carl Guess

    $25

  • Lisa Galvin

    $25

  • Sarah Lenssen (Usborne Sales)

    $500

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    $50

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    $150

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    $100

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    $60

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    $250

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    $115

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    $250

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  • Anonymous

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    $250

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    $25

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    $200

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    $500

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    $200

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    $100

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    $500

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    $25

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  • Trainer Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $3,061

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Jacoy Family

    $25

  • Apple Match

    $500

  • Bereket's Girl Scout Troop

    $500

  • Sarah Lenssen

    $335

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • The Bragdons

    $500

  • Jamiesons

    $50

  • The Dufaults

    $50

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Donor Comments

The Dufaults

The Dufaults

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Jamiesons

Jamiesons

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

The Bragdons

The Bragdons

DONATION: $500

As a tribute to our wonderful twin sons, born in Ethiopia 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Sarah Lenssen

Sarah Lenssen

DONATION: $335

2 years ago

Bereket's Girl Scout Troop

Bereket's Girl Scout Troop

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Apple Match

Apple Match

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

The Jacoy Family

The Jacoy Family

DONATION: $25

Thank you Sarah for all you do and bringing awareness to us all. 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $3,061

2 years ago