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.
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.
During the summer the students have been taking part in a summer programme, helping them to maintain their English and keep them busy in their free time. Working in teams, they have taken part in activities such as raft building, creating drama pieces and mural painting.
Raft building – The students were given a small amount of money and bought materials according to what they believed would be best on the lake. Here are some pictures of the rafts where the students got really stuck in and enjoyed testing them on Lake Tana, from the photos you can see which ones seemed to be a success.
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.
Students from Charles Thorp Comprehensive, Gateshead have arrived in Ethiopia and have begun their long awaited trip to Ethiopia. They will be travelling to Addis – Lalibela – Gondar – Simien Mountains – Bahir Dar before returning to Addis and then back to Newcastle.
During their time in Bahir Dar they will be working at the NDCC and Simbet School. Follow their progress by reading their daily diary:
William Luker will be running the London Marathon on Sunday April 13th to raise money for the New Day Children’s Centre.
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