Semachew, one of the first students of the New Day Children’s Centre and who is now in his first year at university studying computer engineering, recently took part in the All Ethiopian Youth Para Games held in Sheshamene, southern Ethiopia. Semachew won gold in both the 100m and 400m events. He will be competing next in the Ethiopian National Games that will take place in Bahir Dar next January.
Thanks to the kind donation from the Ana Leaf Foundation the NDCC has been able to buy a Bajaj – a small taxi that is widely used in Ethiopia. Also the donation has paid for three students – Abera, Wobalem and Worku – to complete their Bajaj training and they have now each passed their driving test.
These three students will now drive the Bajaj as a taxi in Bahir Dar and the profits will be shared between them and the NDCC. This income generation scheme is the first step towards a sustainable Centre. Our vision is to create a number of income generation schemes which not only provide employment for students who have graduated from school or college but also provide a income for the NDCC generated locally.
VSO Volunteers Crawford Faulton and Carin Lavalette visited the New Day Children’s Centre to provide students with two days first aid training. As part of the summer programme the first aid training gave the students the opportunity to learn and practice valuable first aid skills.
“The students were excellent,” said Crawford, “and it is interesting to know how much they already knew. The difference between traditional Ethiopian first aid and what we might do in England was also very interesting and gave us lots to talk about.”
Now that the students at the New Day Children’s Centre are on their summer holiday the Centre has put together a programme of activities and workshops for the students to enjoy. During the first week the Bahir Dar Youth and Counselling Service. The students completed a 5 day workshop learning and discussing a range of topics such as HIV/Aids awareness, general health issues, family planning and sexual health.
The sessions were extremely well organised with all the students involved in the discussions and group work.
The Ana Leaf Foundation kindly donated £5000 for the improvement of the Centre and for income generation activities. From this money the New Day Children’s Centre bought new uniforms for the cook.
Stationary kindly donated by Simon and Hollie from Ryton, Tyne and Wear was given as prizes to students who completed the year highest in their year group. The students received calculators, pens, workbooks and pencils. The students wish to thank Simon and Hollie and congratulations to the students for doing so well this year at school
Mintamer, who has qualified as a hairdresser, has now opened her own beauty salon. The NDCC provided the start-up capital and Mintamer is now working hard to establish her new business.