The New Day Children's Centre


Newsletter July 2017


Thank you for taking the time to read our latest newsletter.

We have much to celebrate this year. Thank you for your continued support.


Three Students Graduate June 2017

Aweke, Genet and Semachew on their graduation days

This year three students graduated from university. Congratulations to Aweke, Genet and Semachew, three of the original students of the New Day Children’s Centre, joining the Centre in 2006 when it first opened. We all wish them every success in the future.


Private Student Graduates

Mastewal and Mulambet

Masterwal and Mulambet Graduate

With the support of the Soropamists in Derby Masterwal has graduated from Alcan College as a mid-wife and Mulamabet has graduated from Blue Nile College in Admin and Finance. Many thanks to the Soropamists who have supported these students throughout their studies.


Apprentice Mechanic

    Mastewal and Mulambet

Atinaw at work

Atinaw has been accepted by a local garage as an apprentice mechanic. During a recent visit by Aregawi, the Centre social worker, the owner of the garage praised Atinaw on his committent and potential. We hope that Atinaw will be taken on permanently at the end of the apprenticeship period in December.


Alleyn's School, Dulwich, London choose NDCC as their charity for 2016-17

The students of Cribb’s House at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, London kindly chose the New Day Children’s Centre as the charity they would support during 2016-17. On October 11th they held a Charity Gala for which students had prepared a night of entertainment, a raffle and an excellent buffet. The talent on show was outstanding with musicians, dancing and singing.

Cribb's House students at their Charity Gala

The night raised over £2000. Many thanks to all who took part, the parents for their support and a special thanks to Rachel Dale, the head of Cribb’s House, for organising the event.


Tom Hagyard - Volunteer April to August 2017

Law graduate and TEFL teacher Tom Hagyard is currently spending time at the Centre before starting his lawyer training contract in September. As well as teaching English, Tom has been a tremendous help with all aspects of the Centre's work and the students have really enjoyed having him to stay.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Centre get in touch.

Thanks must also go to Tom's father, Stuart Hagyard, who raised valuable funds for the NDCC by competing in the Tour of the Peak Cycle Sportive in Derbyshire. Congratulations to Stuart for completing the tour and thanks to those who sponsored him.


Marathon Fund Raiser

On April 23rd 2017 Will Luker ran the London Marathon in support of the New Day Children’s Centre and the Disasters and Emergencies Committee. Completing the race in under three and a half hours Will raised over £6000.

A well deserved drink of water after a gruelling run

This was the second time that Will has completed the 26 mile course in aid of the NDCC and we would like to thank him for all he has done to help the project. As well as helping the NDCC this year half of the funds raised went to the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal. As East Africa experiences the worst drought and famine this century such support for those suffering in the region is much needed.

Many thanks to Will and to all those who supported him so generously.


New Uniform for Cooks

Thanks to Millie Wellard and the 12th Tonbridge Guides who conducted a sponsored silence to raise money for the NDCC. The money raised was used to buy new uniforms for the cooks.


Working with Whitley Lodge First School

Students at Whitley Lodge First School, in the North East of England, have been sharing experiences with students at the NDCC. Elaine Smith is a teacher at Whitley Lodge and her students prepared a presentation on life in the North East which was watched by the Ethiopian students with interest. They in turn prepared their own presentation about life in Bahir Dar and the Centre. They also wrote letters and drew pictures to be sent back to England.

To see the presentation prepared by the NDCC students please click here.

Students using PowerPoint for the first time


Clothes from the Netherlands

The students at the NDCC received a bumper donation of clothes from friends of the Centre in the Netherlands. Providing students with quality clothes and shoes is a major challenge and donations such as these help enormously in helping us meet the needs of the students. Many thanks to Eva Goudswaard for providing us with so much and every student received three items each.


Summer Activities

With the students now on summer holiday the Centre provides a range of activities during the summer period. University students have returned and are helping the younger students with reading and maths. In addition Tom has started a summer programme teaching the students crafts such as papier-mâché.

Papier Mache


2018 Fund Raising Appeal

For the Centre to continue supporting students into 2018 we need help raising the required funds. The Centre costs around £25000 each year. Every donation counts and 100% of all money donated goes directly to the Centre.

If you would like to make a donation or become a regular supporter of the Centre please click the Virgin Money Giving link below.


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