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    • Happy New Year 2011

    • Monday, January 17th, 2011
    • Dear Friends of eef

      On behalf of all our scholars we wish you a happy and prosperous 2011.

      We just returned from Addis from what has been the most amazing and successful trip to date.

      Selected from a pool of over 120 candidates, we have awarded scholarships to 27 new students. They are all exceptionally bright academically and very deserving of their place.

      If you would like to get involved and sponsor one of them please do let us know. We are still looking for 12 further sponsors. http://www.ethio-ed.org/student-sponsorship/

    • Friday Morning Appeal

    • Friday, December 3rd, 2010
    • Little Zenebe is 14 years old. He does not have a birth certificate because where he comes from (in the countryside of Ethiopia, 300km from the capital Addis Ababa) they did not issue any at the time he was born.

      He has 4 brothers and 2 sisters. None of them can read or write. Nor can his parents. They are poor farmers. From the age of 5 Zenebe was keen to go to school and, after much begging, his parents allowed him to do so even though it took him 2 hours each way to walk there.

      When he was 10 and had finished grade 4, his father decided he would be more useful as a cattle herder. So Zenebe had to stop school.

      His aunt (who lived in Addis) recognised his potential and convinced her brother (Zenebe’s father) to let the boy go to Addis with her to go to school. All was well for Zenebe for a while. He went to a government school in Addis in grade 5 and achieved brilliant results.

      But one year later the aunt decided that unless Zenebe earned money rather than go to school that she would kick him out. And she did.

      From the age of 13 Zenebe lived on the streets of Addis Ababa – he is renting a little “room” – a mud hut with a corrugated iron sheet as a door and not even a mattress to sleep on. It is 4 square meters “big”. He has no electricity or water. He hardly has any clothes to wear and if he doesn’t work after school he has no food to eat either. He does shoe-shining and helps on building sites to survive.

      When he gets home from work he studies with a kerosene lamp he got from his parents. Despite all of this his grade average is  96%.

      We will be meeting him end of December to interview him for the eef scholarship.

      Who would be interested in supporting / sponsoring him? With our help he will study engineering at university in 5 years time.

      Please help http://www.ethio-ed.org/student-sponsorship/

    • Amazing Job Opportunity

    • Monday, November 1st, 2010
    • Our current Boys Hostel Manager Robert will be leaving us at the end of 2010 and we are looking for a replacement as soon as possible.

      This is a position that can influence huge positive change in the lives of EEF’s male students and create an environment that encourages them to excel in their studies, to gain wider life skills and ultimately see them all enter university and go on to become leaders in Ethiopia’s future.

      In detail the role involves;

      • Acting as “House Parent” to approximately 40 male students (aged 12 – 18) ensuring their day to day wellbeing, and attendance at school.
      • Fostering a strong study culture among the students.
      • Controlling the local charity spend ensuring that every penny is put to maximum use.
      • Managing and co-ordinating hostel maintenance
      • Working with the Girls Hostel Manager to create and oversee a programme of extra curricular activities to expand the wider skills and interests of the students.
      • Oversee local staff including two cooks and maintenance staff
      • To engage local business and government groups and create possibilities for work placements.
      • Working with the Girls House Manager to set in place a structure for ensuring the future smooth running of local operations.
      • To get involved in the annual scholar selection process
      • To report back regularly to the London Team on local progress.

      ROLE REQUIREMENTS

      For full details take a look at our Current Job Opportunities

    • University allocations announced for 2010 graduates

    • Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
    • For the last few weeks our 2010 graduates have been anxiously awaiting their university allocations.

      Finally this week the allocations were announced and we are thrilled with the results.

      Out of 22 graduates ten will be studying in the medical field, ten will become engineers and two are going to study economics.

      You can take a look at their profiles here.

      Only a few more weeks now before their new lives at university start. Congratulations and good luck to all of them!

    • 26 Brilliant New Scholarship Students Starting Today

    • Monday, July 19th, 2010
    • Today the new eef year started with 6 weeks of summer school for our new grade 9 scholars.

      We‘re thrilled to announce that 26 new students started the programme and they are settling in well. We‘ll be following their progress over the coming years and hope to share their successes with you all.

      Take a look at their profiles in the current eef students section of our website.       The new school year officially begins on September 13.

      We’re also delighted to announce the recent opening of our Girls Hostel to be managed by our latest eef Team Member Diana Houlder, the first 14 girls moved in during June. Our girls will now be able to live and study in a safe and peaceful environment supported by Diana and the other students.

      Come back soon to take a look at latest photos.

      Please support our work by making a donation or by sponsoring one of our students for the programme starting in 2011 – I would like to find out more.

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