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The Community School

will include grades K-8, and serve an estimated 1,000-1,200 students when complete. Education is the focus of the project, and the school its centerpiece. The goal is for children and families to use the school campus to expand their knowledge, learn first hand agricultural and energy conservation techniques, analytical thinking and grow the skills to lead successful lives of contribution. We have a new partnership with TechAfrica to bring computer technology to every student. Twende Solar Foundation in Portland, Oregon will bring their remarkable team to train the community and build solar power for our school to run those computers. Opportunity, fueled with solar power, will give our students the chance to soar.

The Community Center

will be a micro-enterprise center to help people of all ages connect and thrive. The large community center will house a library, space for adult literacy classes, community meals, health clinics, celebrations, and computer-skills training for all ages. There is no existing sheltered public place for families and students to come together. This center of learning and enterprise will be a home for community support and strength, building bonds to know each others’ children and take advantage of robust communal capacity.  Our local farmers have asked us to help them train in vocational skills to augment their farm income. A sheltered place for the community, powered with solar energy will give immeasurable opportunity to the community to build economic stability.

The Community Gardens

are now an integral part of the life sustaining education we provide to our students and the community. The vegetable gardens, apple orchard and bamboo nursery provide the community and our children with state of the art agricultural knowledge and training in growing their own healthy vegetables, fruits and herbs.

The bamboo nursery is a research propagation project to supply the local farmers with a new and beneficially economic crop. Bamboo is used as a construction material for houses and furniture, as biofuel and the young shoots can be eaten. Our esteemed plant biologist and biodiversity manager, Debre Birhan University professor, Dr. Abiyou Tilahun, continues to expand the agricultural knowledge and economic foundation to support the community.

We have completed the first four classrooms serving 103 kindergarteners. Our composting toilets are nearly complete. They will recycle waste back to the nutrient poor soil, as fertilizer. Our Handwashing Station, built by Engineers Without Borders and generously funded by ADK, the international organization of women educators, is a key to sanitation and good health at the school. Access to handwashing has been critical to the good health and protection of the children and families during the pandemic. Now we need to build the next 4 classrooms so our children have the next grades to go to!