ETHIOPIA DEAF PROJECT UPDATE
In this week’s update, we will give you details of some fundraising events that are being organised for the Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP).
In addition, we will share with you an update from the EDP on where last year’s fundraising money was spent. This information was taken from promotional material that EDP sent us recently.
BACKGROUND TO THE ETHIOPIA DEAF PROJECT
The Ethiopia Deaf Project is an Irish charity that supported the establishment of a Deaf school in Ambo, Ethiopia. The Ambo School for Deaf Children was officially opened on the 30th December 2012, after four years of planning & fundraising.
Every year, EDP organises a range of fundraising activities in Ireland which contribute to the overall development of the school and its overhead costs.
FAMILY FUN DAY
This year the committee are holding a Family Fun Day at Coláiste Stiofain Naofa on Saturday, the 25th of June? The event starts at 3pm with an exciting soccer match with kick off at 3:30pm. The adult match will be Deaf vs hearing players.
There will also be a fun children’s soccer match just for the kids. There will also be raffles, delicious food & tea for everyone along with family events: egg & spoon races, relay races, sack races, face painting and fancy dress for the outgoing ones among us!
MASS IN SIGN LANGUAGE WITH DUBLIN SIGNING CHOIR
A mass in Irish Sign Language with the Dublin Signing Choir Performing will also take place at Togher Church at 5:30pm.
AMBO RAMBLE CYCLE (EDP)
This year’s Ambo Charity Cycle this year takes place on Sunday, 26th of June. The Ambo Ramble will have two cycle routes to choose from: 40km or 127km
The cycle starts at Marion Hall in Ballinhassig, Co. Cork. It costs €30 to register and all proceeds go to The Ethiopian Deaf Project. It makes for a great day out, lots of fun and it’s all for a good cause!
Registration for the 40km & the 127km cycle will open at 8.00am. The organisers hope to have cyclists on the road at the following times:
9.00am for the 127km
9:30am for the 40km
Hot showers, hot food, cakes and other delicious treats will be provided after the cycle in Ballinhassig Marion Hall. A sports massage is available to cyclists after the event. Further information on the cycle & registration is available at: www.theamboramble.blogspot.com or
SPONSORS OF DEAF STUDENTS
In recent months, EDP also secured individuals sponsors who agreed to make a monthly donation towards the education costs of each student. If you sponsored a student, you should receive your 1st thank you letter from your student in the coming weeks.
INCOME FROM LAST YEARS EVENTS HELPED BUILD NEW CLASSROOMS
As we mentioned earlier, the Ambo School for Deaf Children was officially opened on the 30th December 2012, after four years of planning, fundraising and crossing of fingers. The school now has 5 fully qualified teachers of the Deaf, 2 of whom are Deaf.
All of the monies raised from last year’s events, including the Ambo Ramble went toward funding new classrooms. This, in turn meant that the school could now enrol younger children from the age of 6 upwards. The school also has new students age 20 and older but due to numerous reasons are only starting school now for the 1st time.
A recent visit to the school by members of the Ethiopia Deaf Project (self-funded) confirmed that the school has helped to transform the lives of the students and offers them a real sense of identity and hope.
The committee met with staff and students of the school. A committee member says “No one made unreasonable demands but expressed a desire for what were very genuine needs. This was done in the most apologetic way ever, almost as if they were afraid that we would think they were ungrateful for what had been done for them. The most humbling experience of my life”.
Lastly, the Ethiopia Deaf Project would like to thank everyone for their continued interest, and hope that you will support their continued development. By supporting the various fundraising events, EDP can continue to support these students. For more information, you can email: [email protected]
OUR CONTACT DETAILS:
Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.
4 Gas Tce, Tralee, Co. Kerry, IRELAND
KDRC provides services to Deaf and hard of hearing people at county level
and contributes to national & international issues of equality, access and
Charity Number CHY20854
To donate, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/kerrydeafresource
Text: (+353) 87 633 4687
Tel: (+353) 66 712 0399
E-mail: [email protected]
Skype: kerrydeaf (by appointment)
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