Arjo is a district in Eastern Wallaga in Oromia Sate (Ethiopia) and like most rural regions, Arjo families suffer from acute poverty due to a lack of sustainable incomes, poor housing and access to children’s education.
The Arjo Family and Children’s Project (AFCP) was established after Mrs Ejigayehu Kiflemariam visited the beautiful scenery and observed the fertile natural resources of the area.
Mrs Ejigayehu Kiflemariam, supported by the local people, was convinced that the situation of the people could be improved and be given better life chances with support and encouragement. With this vision, the AFCP was set up 3 years ago to alleviate poverty and a lack of education for families and children by assisting families build durable houses, to assist children attend school and provide adequate clothing.
Scheme 1 focuses on providing basic resources to the beneficiaries to support them meet their day-to-day needs. These resources included building one family house, provision of clothes and educational materials. These donations were provided directly to the family and as a result they have now been able to build a new home and send their children to school.
Scheme 2 concentrates on introducing a pilot micro-financing programme, whereby some money is lent to disadvantaged families to invest in a local small-scale trade to make money to support themselves. This will involve buying a sheep, which can be kept for some time before being sold at a reasonable profit. This activity will continue to increase the families’ income.
AHEAD was impressed by the work Mrs Ejigayehu Kiflemariam and her supporters started in Arjo. She established a common understanding about the needs of the area and AHEAD agreed to fund education materials, clothing for school children, the construction of a house for one family and micro-financing (interest free loans for disadvantaged families).
We appreciate all supporters of our objective to help poor families in Oromia. If you’d like to donate towards AHEAD’s work please visit our charity donation page. If you’d like to donate regularly or get involved please find out How you can help.
From 18th-27th October, Dr Elfneh Bariso, Chair of AHEAD visited Ethiopia on behalf of the Charity’s Trustees. He conducted community consultation on current needs in collaboration with the Trustees of Unity Development Association (UDA), Community leaders and members: elders, young people, men and women of all ages and abilities.
Elfneh also met with Bule Hora University President, Dr Chala Wata, Vice Presidents (Mrs Metasebia Adula, Dr Fufa Esayas, Dr Getachew Godana, Mr Dembella Gemeda), Deans, Department Heads, staff members and students. He gave a presentation at the University’s Administrative Council meeting on good academic practices.
Dr Elfneh Bariso presents to Bule Hora University Senior Managers on The Quality of Higher Education
Elfneh held discussions with AHEAD/UDA hostel beneficiaries, Shakiso Town Administration Authorities, Odo Shakiso District Adminstration, Shakiso Women’s and Children’s Affairs Bureau, Secondary School and Preparatory school headteachers, teachers and students. Their views will be used in AHEAD/UDA’s project planning.
Additionally, Elfneh carried out a research study on Ethnomathematics in collaboration with the university’s staff members in Guji Zone and West Guji Zone among parents, primary school teachers and pupils.
The research team observed lessons and toured schools. The research study seeks to identify indigenous methods of mathematics education with a view to assessing the possibility of integrating them into modern mathematics education to enhance quality of teaching and learning the subject.
We appreciate all supporters of our objectives to improve educational access in Ethiopia. If you’d like to donate towards AHEAD’s work please visit our charity donation page. If you’d like to donate regularly or get involved please find out How you can help.
AHEAD work closely with the Oromo community in the UK. On 5th October 2019, our trustees and volunteers took the opportunity to participate in the celebration of the Annual Irreechaa (The Oromo Thanksgiving Festival) organised by the London community.
The Oromo in the UK
The Oromo people celebrate various cultural festivals. The UK community is one of the longest standing black and minority ethnic groups in the country, with resident communities in Bolton, Brighton, London and Manchester since the early 1980s.
Please join us at our annual summer event on SaturdayJune 8th to raise funds to equip a newly built hostel for disadvantaged girls in Shakiso town, Oromia, Ethiopia, who otherwise would be unable to access secondary school education. Enjoy a great day out across the new and old of North East London, keep fit and support a great cause!
AHEAD is holding a social event to raise funds to build on the success of it’s first girl’s hostel in Shakisso town which has helped address the needs of destitute girls from the local countryside. AHEAD and our partner UDA have provided them with secure accommodation allowing them to attend the town’s secondary school without the need to pay expensive rent which they would otherwise be unable to afford. The aim of this event is to raise funds for a second hostel.
For more information on our Lolotu Girl’s Hostel Project (LGHP) please click here
If you’d like to donate directly to the project you can do so by visiting us at WONDERFUL
To celebrate our work, please join us for…
What: Delicious Ethiopian food and other dishes. Drink and music with story-telling and fun family activities. When: Saturday 2nd February from 18.00 to 22.00hrs Where: St Patrick’s Parish Hall (64 Blackhorse Rd, Walthamstow, London, E17 6NH)
TICKET PRICES: Adults £20 Students & Unemployed £10 Youth (8-18 years old) £5 Children under 7FREE
To register for this event please visit us at EventBrite and bring your ticket along with you on the night to pay at the door.
A massive THANK YOU, to all who participated in our annual Cycle Ride and Walk across the Lea Valley Regional Park and Walthamstow Wetlands on Sunday 10th June. We all had a great time – See our Facebook page for an update and come back and visit us for a video of the event.
Please join us at our annual summer event on SundayJune 10th to raise funds to equip a newly built hostel for disadvantaged girls in Shakiso town, Oromia, Ethiopia, who otherwise would be unable to access secondary school education. Enjoy a great day out across the new and old of North East London, keep fit and support a great cause!
Happy New Year to all our supporters. We are happy to update everyone on Elfneh’s visit to Ethiopia during December 2017. It was an extremely busy but productive visit and has galvanised the organisation to push ahead with the completion of our hostel project and continue to support higher education in the country and local projects in the UK.
We are already planning initiatives for this year. Please visit the website over the next few weeks for updates on these.
A short video can be viewed here of Elfneh’s visit.
Early June saw AHEAD hold their annual sponsored Bike Ride and Walk. It was a beautiful day and the event was enjoyed by all.
To relive the event and sample the atmosphere of the day we have compiled some videos that we hope will reflect the fun we had, but also encourage all who would like to help and take part in AHEAD’s objectives, to sign-up for next year’s event.
Please join us at our annual summer event on SundayJuly 2nd to raise funds to build a hostel for disadvantaged girls in Oromia, Ethiopia, who otherwise would be unable to access secondary school education. Enjoy a great day out across the new and old of North East London, keep fit and support a great cause!