The Ethiopian expression "ewiket lehibret" means "knowledge for everyone", and the organisation "Ewiket Lehibret Support Association" (in short ELSA) is a recognised NGO, formed and run by individuals, with the purpose of supporting good quality school constructions in Ethiopia.The aim is to provide sound schooling to as many children as possible, so as to ensure economic and democratic progress for the country.
In addition to this, we support education of a limited number of adults, mainly single mothers.
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THE NEXT SCHOOL
In Bahir Dar, where we built the large education centre "Abay Mado" - completely from empty field - over the years 2009-18 - we are now in the midst of important projects at an existing school, "Blessed Gebre Michael Catholic School" - or "The Sisters' School" in short, as it is run by a handful of very kind, unpretentious, competent, and humerous nuns, whom are loved by the children.
This school is also managed along exactly the same principles, as we always require to enter cooperation: All children shall be welcomed, regardless of their religious conviction, and there shall be special focus on children from very poor homes.
The school has more than 1.100 pupils, of which 300+ are at kindergarten level. A large part of these children are orphans and/or come from extremely bad conditions, and these children are also washed and fed at the school.
VISIT BY THE DANISH AMBASSADOR
In November 2017 the Danish ambassador to Ethiopia, Mette Thygesen, visited the Abay Mado education centre. The ambassador visited kindergarten and classes, and she praised the project to the skies.
LIKE A DROP IN THE OCEAN
We are fully aware that our help is like a drop in the ocean, but we can assure you that where that drop lands, it creates much pleasure, benefit, and hope.
We hope you would like to support our work, thereby giving children in Ethiopia a better chance.
In 2019 we among other things built two medium-sized buildings, so-called "tukuls", at the "School of the Nuns" (see annual report 2019), and here in 2020 we have been busy draining, aligning, and level-raising the large gymnastics and sports area, which is a very important part of the school to the pupils.
This large area was previously covered with water for large parts of the year, because a new road outside the school had blocked for drainage of the area, and this stagnant water was of course also hatching site for swarms of pestilent flies and mosquitoes.
A part of this area shall not be used for sport from now on, but in stead be filled with newly planted traditional fruit trees. Avocado, mango and papaya shall hereafter be an important addition to the feeding of the children at the school.
Unfortunately we have in 2020 experienced - for the first time in our 26 years of work in Ethiopia - that we have not been able to travel to Ethiopia to visit our projects, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Fortunately we have full confidence in our Ethiopian partners, with whom we have had a cooperation for many years now, in a number of projects at different places in Ethiopia. They will surely be able to manage the projects for long periods of time without our physical presence.