On July 26th 2016 the New Day Children's Centre celebrated its 10th anniversary. In 2006 11 students and 4 staff from Ryton Comprehensive School travelled to Bahir Dar and spent seven days preparing the Centre for the new students. We bought equipment, painted rooms, built a an outside classroom and employed staff. When we opened the doors for the first time, 13 wide eyed Ethiopian children entered and the Centre was open for business.
An excerpt from the Ryton students' diary written on that day ...
Day 11 The Big Day (July 26th – 2006)
Today was very exciting as we were all wondering how the kids would react to the house.
We got everything in the centre ready and added the finishing touches for the opening. We had organised a bag for each child with a few sweets, lollies, exercise books, soap, football tops and toys in each. When the kids finally came in they all seemed quite overwhelmed and happy with what we had done.
Students who went were: Graeme Butcher, Ruth Gertig, Richard Gordan, Jenny Harper, Sara Hitchenes, Kate Hutchinson, Kate Jones, James MacPhail, Lisa Peddie, Katie Searles & Katie Wilson
For the complete Daily Diary of the 2006 trip click this link
Student Success 2016
This year two students have graduated from university - Yeshambel studied Computing at Bahir Dar Univerity and Kefale Business Management at Arba Minch. Yeshambel would like to find work in Bahir Dar and Kefale already has a job working for Dashen Bank in Addis Ababa. As we say goodbye to these students we wish them well for the future.
Yeshambel and Kefale
We are also delighted to announce that all of this year's grade 12 students have passed their national exams and will be offered a university place.
Derese, Fantaye, Enyew and Yeneneh
Are you interested in visiting Ethiopia? In January 2017 we are arranging a trip which will take in some of the best that Ethiopia has to offer. Included in the trip will be Ethiopian Christmas on Jan 7th in Lalibela, exploring the Danakil Depression (spend the night on the edge of live volcano – Google it!), the Gerhalta region of Tigray and a week at the New Day Children's Centre.
Lalibela Christmas and The Danakil Depression
If you are interested in this trip click here for further details.
As we plan for the year ahead we need to ensure we have the funds necessary for the Centre to continue to support the students. The cost of running the Centre in 2017 will be £25 000 and we need help to reach our target.
100% of all our donations go directly to the Centre with the only UK expense being the bank charge incurred to send the money to Ethiopia.
The Centre covers the cost of the following for all of its students:
• 3 meals a day
• accommodation if they have no home
• all schooling expenses
• additional tuition in English and maths
• The Centre - a place where they feel looked after and cared for
In 2011 Sue Turbett made the following film. It is wonderful to know that so many of the students you see in this film are now reaching their final years at university.
How far does your donation go?
£10 - the monthly rent for two students
£15 - the cost of supporting an NDCC student at university for one month
£25 - the cost of supporting an NDCC student at the Centre for one month
Ways you can help
• Single donatation:
• Monthly donatation
• Get involved helping to fund raise – see NDCC meeting below
If you would like to make a donation to the Centre please click on the button below.
NDCC meeting - October 13th
If you are interested in learning more about the progress of the Centre, getting involved and helping us reach our fund raising target there will be a meeting at 7pm on October 13th in Ryton (venue to be confirmed).