As many of you know, I have a dear friend named Meazi whom I have known and loved since the 1st grade. Meazi and her brother, Melese, were adopted together from a rural Ethiopian village named Kololo. Meazi was when she was adopted. One day, in 2011, it occurred to Meazi that when she was in Ethiopia, she never held a book. She mentioned this to her mother and together, they helped form not only a library, but a school in Ethiopia.
The Kololo School opened five years ago this month. Hundreds of children entered a classroom for the very first time; among them were Meazi and Melese’s biological siblings, their brother, and their sister. Their sister was 14 years old on her first day of kindergarten.
The school has come a long way. Improvements happen every year. Last year we were even able to offer a snack program for the first time. During a time of terrible drought and food insecurity, this small snack of bread and peanut butter was often the only food these children ate all day.
This month close to 300 more students with eager hearts and eyes wide open are back to school in Kololo. They study hard and dream of a brighter future.
I’m now honored to be taking part in a special SoulCycle fundraiser to raise money for the Kololo school. I’d be so grateful if you would contribute and help me help this special school which holds special meaning to me because of Meazi. The fundraiser is on October 22 and I need to raise a minimum of $250 in order to participate.
The Kololo School was created by Ethiopia Reads for children living in hard-to-reach farming villages in the Kembata Tembaro Zone in South West Ethiopia (SNNPR).
Situated on a site only accessible from a dirt track road - to a point - and then by foot, the success of the project is due to perseverance and an ethic of team work between Ethiopia Reads staff and Kololo villagers.
Opened in 2012, the school now serves around 300 children, aged 4 to 11.
Ethiopia Reads has created a haven of fun learning for both the children and teachers at Kololo School.
Located away from the dusty roads, this school is built on a beautiful hillside and boasts large classrooms, a library, staff room, play area, a view to inspire and a student body that has grown by 400% since the school first opened.
The Kololo School runs a non-formal education program, which means the schedule is built around community and familial needs, allowing children to help out during harvest season without disrupting their education.
Through the tireless efforts of Kololo School's supporters, we continue to improve and expand. This past year new pit latrines were constructed. We hope to see playground and a meal program soon.