Students line up at the NDCC for summer photos
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.
To support William please click http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/WillLuker
New Library at the Centre
Thanks to a kind donation from VSO the Centre has been able to afford to buy a full library of text books for the students. Also, by popular request from the students, the Centre is now going to be kept open and staffed until 9pm each evening to allow the students to study with access to their new books.
When news of the donation came the students complied a list of the books that they needed and they all clapped when they saw the books arrive. With some of the donation still remaining they have already started a second list.
Students Graduate from NDCC
November 28th saw six students graduate from the New Day Children’s Centre. It was a particularly memorable occasion as the Centre was saying goodbye to three of its original cohort who joined the Centre in 2006. Abera, Wobalem and Worku, who recently graduated from technical college, are now working as the drivers of the Centre owned TVS.
The TVS is a small ‘tuk tuk’ style taxi that operate in their hundreds across Ethiopia. Following a kind donation from the Ana Leaf Foundation the NDCC has been able to purchase a TVS for the Centre and Abera, Wobalem and Worku are now the drivers. Taking it in turn not only do they now have an income for themselves but the by renting the TVS from the Centre on a daily basis so the Centre is generating an income too.
Masterwall, Frewonie and Mahalet who joined the Centre in 2008 have also graduated and are now studying at college through a sponsorship scheme funded by the Soroptimists International, Derby. Now that they are in full time higher education they will no longer be attending the Centre on a daily basis, however the Centre will continue to provide support if they need it.
We wish all these students all the best for the future.