Animut graduated from secondary school last July and during his final year, unbeknown to anyone at the Centre, he had been volunteering his spare time at a local garage. Before and after school Animut would help out at the garage working on all kinds of vehicles. Last September, the owner of the garage, empressed by his enthusiasm and committment, agreed to hire Animut as an apprentice mechanic. Finding employment can be extremely difficult and we are extremely pleased for Animut.
William Tubby arrived in Bahir Dar in September 2015. It was not long before Will was teaching the students to spin pass a ‘funny looking ball’ as he taught them how to play rugby. With it still being school and university holidays, the Centre was busy all day and it was lovely to see everyone together. Will and the university students organised the NDCC Games, an event that lasted two days. It was great fun and enjoyed by everyone, with the cooks keen to put in a team and participate. For pictures view this post.
During his time at the Centre Will taught English and maths every day, was an invaluable help around the compound including helping to rebuild the kitchen. He became good friends with all students and was a tremendous help to the staff. He studied Amharic at a local language class and thoroughly threw himself into life in Ethiopia. He has been truly missed by everyone at the Centre and they wish to thank him for all his help and guidance.
Following a generous bequest the Stephen Darroch fund has been established to reward students each year for their hard work and progress both at school and at the Centre. Last year’s top achievers received their awards in September. Kefale was recognised for his help at the Centre, Fantaye for her achievements in English and mathematics and Yediniku for imrovement in English.
Students line up at the NDCC for summer photos
With our new students standing proudly at the front all the NDCC students line up for their annual photos. To see them one by one ……
In November the Centre was visited by 8 volunteers from Grant Thornton International Ltd. The group were extremely busy prior to their visit raising funds and preparing themselves for a two week visit where they shared their time between the NDCC and The Grace Centre (also in Bahir Dar). During their visit they worked with the students teaching them IT skills and helping them with their English and Maths. They built a study hut, organised an evening Ethiopian culture and ran discussion and debating sessions sharing knowledge and experiences that students and visitors alike found very interesting.
As well as the work that they completed at the NDCC the group were extremely helpful to the Grace Centre where they painted the buildings, repaired play equipment, helped with the resurfacing and tiling of a hall at the Centre and spent time supporting the Grace employees and the children who attend daily. Both the NDCC and The Grace Centre are very grateful to the volunteers from Grant Thornton for all that they achieved during their visit.
Grant Thornton blog.
Rugy Shirts Donated from Ryton
Ryton Rugby Club have donated over 40 rugby shirts to the students of the New Day Children’s Centre. The shirts were brought over by the Ryton2Ethiopia team and given to the NDCC students on the group’s last day in Bahir Dar. NDCC students were delighted.
Laptops for Students at NDCC
Charles Thorp Comprehensive School donated laptops that have meant a new computer room for the students at the NDCC. The laptops will have a range of software installed and will provide the students with the opportunity to practice their IT skills as well as researching topics they are studying at school. This is a fantastic resource for the students and they are all keen to get started.
Ryton 2 Ethiopia students and New Day Children’s Centre students worked together over the last week to improve the classrooms at Shimbet School, Bahir Dar.
All tooled up and ready to clean
Clearing the rooms and organising the broken desks
Painting painting painting
The finished result