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Graduation Day!
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“You’re making such a difference to our community. Before the school we had no hope. With the school we can make dreams for our children.” These were the words that were translated for me, spoken by a student’s parent. We had returned to Shashemene to see our first class graduate, and it was truly amazing to see the progress that had been made in the past year.

Before the school was established, the children of this community received no formal education. Some, as young as six or seven years old, worked in the market selling sugar cane or ears of corn. Others stayed at home, or played in the dusty roads around their homes. Today over 160 children receive classes in English, Amharic, Science, Mathematics and Social Studies from a team of seven teachers.

The first graduation brought the whole community out to see the ceremonies. The children giggled and smiled as their certificates were given out while parents watched proudly. We asked a number of children what their goals are for the future. One youngster who had once had no prospects other than work in the local market told us of his plans to become a doctor. A girl who had spent her time carrying water and sweeping the floors of a local café told us that she wanted to be a teacher.

Perhaps their dreams will come true one day. But for now, with your help these children have hope and an education.

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