African Children's Educational Trust

Summer 2010 newsletter

African Childrens Educational Trust
African Children's Educational Trust

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Latest appeals: help us construct new schools

In cooperation with the local education authorities and administration, our local partner EYES has selected Ziban Albe, Hiwane as our ninth school project for 2011. The construction costs for this project will be about £154,000. Please help us construct this new school. Donate via The Big Give or PayPal, or see below for further ways to donate.

Libraries Currently funding is being collected to enable us to buy local books to equip those libraries in those four rural elementary schools already completed. Funding is still needed for this.


Two further community rural full elementary schools under construction

Ethiopian partner charity EYES have two further schools under construction at Dansa, principally funded by the Coornhert Gymnasium, Netherlands and at Adi’baekel, principally funded by the Aall Foundation with funds for locally made basic furniture from other donors. It is planned that these should be formally opened in mid September 2010 for the start of their new school year.

  New schools


Shepherd boy Maekelay   Gumselasa School   Kokob Mezgebe

Shepherd boy Maekelay
Maekelay so much wanted to attend Adihana School, but his family had no one else to look after the sheep and goats. So with the flexibility of country schools they let Maekelay bring his animals to graze in the school compound. Next year he is Grade five.


Grade 2 at Gumselasa School
Students in a typical standard classroom enjoy a bright, dry, airy and cool place to study. Last year they were sitting on stones in a dusty stone shack with a twig roof.


Kokob Mezgebe is top Civil Engineering Undergraduate
20 year old Kokob receives the medal for consistently achieving the highest grades at Nazret University and is determined to reach for the stars - "despite my disability". His name Kokob appropriately means star.


New trustee attends investiture at Buckingham Palace 2nd June 2010

Dr Claire Bertschinger was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth. Claire was the nurse interviewed by BBC’s Michael Buerk during the famine of 1984 that motivated Sir Bob Geldof to start Band and later Live Aid to help Ethiopia. This year Claire became a Trustee on A-CET’s board.

  Claire Bertschinger

St Michael’s Abinet Church School Classroom dedicated 19th June 2010

His Holiness Abba Paulos V, Patriarch and Head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church dedicated the opening of this new classroom block. Many of the boys who attend this residential school are blind or disabled. It is extremely difficult for the disabled to find employment in Ethiopia. Upon successful completion of their training at this school they will gain full-time employment by the church. This was funded principally by the Band Aid Trust.

  Head of Ethiopian Orthodox Church

A-CET talks to US School Doha

The US School in Doha is full of fantastically committed and innovative young fund raisers and were further motivated by a recent visit by A-CET Trustees Claire and Sammy.

  Doha school

EYES wins award

We are proud that local charity partner Ethiopian Youth Educational Support received the award (1,000USD) for Ethiopia in the Educating Africa Pan African 2009 Awards for its Entrepreneurship in Education.

Solar-powered computers

We are shortly expecting delivery of 20 solar-powered computers from a Hong Kong Charitable Trust & will be equipping a training laboratory in a rural area without electricity.


Please help us

To support A-CET and help vulnerable youngsters with hope to make their dreams come true and change their lives through better education. How to help.

Donate via Just GivingDonate via WorldpayDonate via The Big GiveDonate via Remember a charityDonate via PayPal

A-CET, PO Box 8390, Leicester, LE5 4YD | UK Registered Charity 1066869
A-CET is a member of:
National Council of Voluntary Organization (Member 6689)
The Institute of Fundraising (Member Z84753)
The Fund Raising Standards Board
ImpACT Coalition

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