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The big moment has arrived!

EE board members Lesley Stephenson and André Cardinaux will fly to Ethiopia tomorrow to help organise the opening of the first new school buildings at Lemlem School in Mohoni next Tuesday, October 5th. The school community is very excited and all sorts of activities are planned. Transferring 800 of the school’s 1400 students into clean new rooms in which they will have a floor under their feet for the first time ever will be an organisational challenge, but with the excellent teaching team working with our members and their two guests, we’re sure it will go smoothly.  We’ll be posting the photos when the group returns.

How can you help the school? Well, there are many ways. What about organising your own small fundraising event, like a dinner party at which your guests make a donation in lieu of flowers or chocolates for the host? And don’t forget our lovely EE Xmas cards. Available with Season’s Greetings or German equivalent, these elegant cards have a picture from our Hagereselam project on the front, and tell the story of the picture on the back. There is also a blank version available for use throughout the year.

Our special Earlybird offer is just CHF 4 for single cards, and a pack of all five subjects for just CHF 15, a 30% saving on the regular price. Cards are packed with envelopes and sent by post with a payment slip. Order now from: info@ethiopianenterprises.org, giving us your name and address, card types (German/English Christmas message and story) or without Christmas message. Your  payment will go fully to our projects.

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Balancing Act

If you don’t have ladders, make your own platform! That’s what construction teams in Ethiopia do, and our workers in Mohoni are no exception. As the undercoat is painted in the new Mohoni schoolrooms, a balancing act is going on at the same time. And believe it or not, the scaffolding used by workers on HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS in Ethiopia is made in much the same way: branches are attached together and the workers climb all over them with amazing agility.

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Opening of new wing at Lemlem School

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EE board members Thomas Baumann, Tatjana Meier and Lesley Stephenson discussing project issues with Lemlem School teachers. (Photo: Robert Bellamy)

Best of British is over, and the feedback from our audiences was excellent.  If you missed these great evenings in Miller’s Studio, you still have a chance to experience this highly entertaining and wonderfully organized event. If you work for a company with lots of English-speaking employees, what about suggesting to your events planner that they hire Best of British for a company conference or other suitable event? We will supply all the necessary staff, infrastructure and catering at very reasonable prices!

Now our tireless EE team is busy preparing for the opening of the first wing of the rebuilt Lemlem School, which will take place on October 5th. 800 children will move into 8 new classrooms in 2 shifts, and will have a floor under their feet for the first time in their school years. The Ethiopians love to party, and this celebration promises to be awesome.

You can contribute to this celebration week in several ways, e.g. by donating a package of NEW ballpoint pens (every student will receive a new pen), by making a donation towards a fruit meal for the entire school on the transfer day or towards exercise books for the students. And if you want to do something personal and unique, you can help us by joining us in Ethiopia for the week of October 4th – 10th for a life-changing work experience. The possibility to assist with the move and all it entails at Lemlem school is open to our EE members and long-year supporters. Please contact us at info@ethiopianenterprises.org NOW if you are interested in working with us at the school in October.

Best of British for Mohoni school

If you want to see what the Best of British events have been organised for, then have a look at this interesting film (08:41) about the kids and the school in Mohoni!

2014 yearly report now available

Geschäftsbericht EE 2014Thomas Baumann has recently completed the yearly report on Ethiopian Enterprises’ activities in 2014. The richly illustrated report provides a detailed overview of all that EE achieved in its fifth year in Hagereselam as well as a detailed preview of our new school project in Mohoni. Click HERE for pdf-file (only available in german language)

Further progress in Mohoni…

Mohoni project leader Lesley Stephenson has just returned from Mohoni. She reports that the rebuilding of Lemlem School has made further progress. The first buildings will shortly be roofed, and the excavations and foundations for the second construction phase are already underway.  The local government has almost completed the new rainwater channel around the school perimeter which will divert the heavy flow of rainwater away from the school grounds and prevent rainwater-induced erosion. All the assignments which the school had been asked to fulfill by the end of March had been completed.

EE board members Thomas Baumann and Lesley Stephenson will return to Ethiopia in May with two further EE members for the official bi-yearly reporting visit to Hagereselam and Mohoni.

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Excellent progress in the past month

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Construction work in Phase 1 of our Lemlem School project has made wonderful progress. At last week’s yearly prize giving at the school, the parents and members of the local government commented on the high building standard, as EE project manager Melkamu Abate reports:

‘So many of the parents came to me and asked me to greet you. They wanted me to give their thanks to EE and its supporters for all they are doing. Members of the Woreda (local government) came to inspect the building and expressed their full satisfaction with the high building standard. Meaza and Kokeb and the construction team are working very hard indeed. And whenever there is a need for unskilled workers, the community jumps in.’

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If you can help this crucially important ‘model’ project, please make a donation to Ethiopian Enterprises/Mohoni on our “DONATIONS” page.

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We’re underway!

On February 6th, the big day finally arrived. The rebuilding of Lemlem School in Mohoni began with the beginning of the first building phase. This will comprise two classroom blocks (eight classrooms in all) and roof-water collection tanks, plus a playground and the school garden. The pictures below show part of the excavation work which involved the entire school community: parents, teachers and older students.

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Not just another school

Finally! Lemlem School in Mohoni is now the official second project of Ethiopian Enterprises.

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It all started in 2012. Members of EE’s board and some friends donated teaching materials to a destitute school in Mohoni, Ethiopia. The group was inspired by the courage of the teachers and 1250 students who have worked for years in makeshift buildings with few school materials. In 2012, the school had no water supply, and the students used outdoor toilet pits with no hand-washing facilities. Many children were ill due to dehydration and hunger.

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EE members recognised that Lemlem had the potential to become a model rural school. It owns a large tract of farming land and its teachers and parents want to use this to grow market produce. The income from produce sales will be used to fund maintenance costs. But this can only happen when the ‘classrooms’ have been rebuilt and the prerequisite rainwater-harvesting scheme has been established.

(Photo: Robert Bellamy 2014)

(Photo: Robert Bellamy 2014)

On New Year’s Eve, Lemlem School in Mohoni was named an official EE project. Can you support us? Please make a donation to Lemlem and help this courageous school become a sustainable  model rural school.

Back from Hagereselam…

EE board members Thomas Baumann, Lesley Stephenson and Tatjana Meier have returned from their working visit to EE projects in Ethiopia. They were accompanied on the trip by photographer Robert Bellamy, recipient of the EE Super Raffle first prize: a visit to our projects in Ethiopia!

Hagereselam is going from strength to strength. We are particularly happy about the lucrative and growing honey industry throughout our project area, which has only been possible due to the improved land and water conditions in the area as a result of the project. A highlight of our journey were visits to the homes of the beekeepers, where we were invited to try their wonderful barley bread and fresh honey.

You can purchase Ethiopian honey at the EE stall at the “Langnauer Adventslicht” in Langnau am Albis on Friday, November 21st, between 17.00 and 22.00. You’ll find us in the EKZ building opposite the ZKB Bank on Neue Dorfstrasse (corner Gartenstrasse). You will also be able to buy EE Christmas cards and beautiful handwoven scarves and baskets. All proceeds go directly to our projects in northern Ethiopia.

(Photos: Robert Bellamy © 2014  www.robertbellamy.com)

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