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What? where? why? - our focus ethiopia one1 photo linetta schneller

Ethiopia – cradle of mankind, origin of coffee, roof of Africa, source of the Blue Nile.

Ethiopia – land of natural and cultural diversity, topografic variety of mountains (several over 4.000 meters), desert, steppe, highlands, lowlands, a volcano with a permanent active lava lake, multiple World Heritage Sites and much more. ethiopia two photo linetta schneller

Ethiopia – a third world country with a subsistence economy but also a third world country with huge potential for development and a fast growing economy.

Ethiopia – not a land of starvation and hunger per se but visibly characterized by poverty and recognizable absence of abundance. 

Ethiopia – a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious society with a long extensive history and a self-contained culture. ethiopia three photo linetta schneller

Countless schools are situated in very rural areas, far from electricity, streets and other basic infrastructures of our own society. Very often these schools can only be reached on foot, crossing fields, paths... 

Many kilometers of cross-country foot paths to school and an everday journey for most Ethiopian Temari (= students/ pupils). ethiopia four. photo linetta schneller

Classes are often held in very sparcy facilities and often in 2-shift for lack of space, and sometimes simply in the open air beneath a shady tree. Classes of 40 to 60 kids is the norm, but up to 120 in not unknown. 

Committed school staff teach with the simplest materials, often there are few or no textbooks available... ethiopia five photo linetta schneller

Although the state is responsible for providing teaching materials, many school libraries remain empty and lack books.

We can fill this gap! For few money urgently needed Maths or English text and reference books can be provided. Moreover, there is a lack of visual aids and demonstration material for subjects such as physics or literature (e.g. Amharic). ethiopia six photo linetta schneller

It is inacceptable that orphans or children of the poorest families miss an education just because they don't have the small amount of money needed to buy exercice books or pay the school fee. This is wrong - Education is a human right! (The Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, article 26) 

Every single contribution is an input for improvement of learning and teaching circumstances. Each and every single donation helps Temari (pupils) in the most rural regions to receive proper education for their futur! 

Books and other school material enable rural schools and children in need to "let their wings grow", because...

"A child without education is like a bird without wings".