You may recall a post I did last year: “Who are those children”.
It was about a small school in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, where children or teachers had no drinkable water, and no real toilets to speak of. A project was launched by my former schoolmates of the Franco-Ethiopian Lycée Guebre Mariam, in Addis, using crowdfunding, the help of the Rotary and a lot of work on behalf of the team “on the ground”.
I am pleased to report that the project has been successfully completed: 4 toilets for the girls, 4 for the boys, 10 washing hands faucets (or taps), two shower stalls for the teachers, and, last but not least, 10 faucets for drinkable water (with a purifying machine).
To all those who have supported this project, there is only one word: Egzar-Yistelign. (May God reward you). It is pronounced more like ez-zere-stel-lin, but my Amharik is but a handful of words. I had to ask my former schoolmate Brook about the correct spelling. The Amharik version is: እግዜር:ይስጥልኝ
The project team in Addis included:
Aster Zewdé (Whom I remember as Aster “Zaoudé”, my former classmate in Senior High at the Franco-Ethiopian Lycée Guebre Mariam). (Salut Aster!)
Félicitations à tous!
This, I believe is a very good example of a well-conducted “development” project. One school only. A small manageable project. Crowdfunding. No big million dollar World Bank thing. (Which does have its usefulness but takes a bit more time). A local team driving the efforts. And at the end, drinkable water for 300 children. No more, no less. Congratulations again to the entire team. (A special mention for Brook who runs one of the Lycée’s alumni networks, keeps us informed of what happens in the community and has done a lot to publicize this project.)
Next time you open the tap or faucet to brush your teeth think about how privileged most of us are. (And cut the water off whilst you are actually brushing your teeth). 🙂
Again, thank you, grazie, merci, egzar-yistelign to all who’ve contributed to make this wonderful project a reality.