Mehoni project leader Lesley Stephenson has just returned from Mehoni. 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 Mehoni.
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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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.
Finally! Lemlem School in Mohoni is now the official second project of Ethiopian Enterprises.
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.
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)
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.