If you are taking part in our Virtual Summer Challenge you can encourage others to support your efforts and donate all the pledges you get via GIVEY or PayPal. You can download our Sponshorship Form here.
Support our work by entering our Summer 2020 Virtual Challenge anytime before the end of August.
Your efforts will help us raise funds to equip our hostel for disadvantaged girls in Ethiopia.
Whether you prefer to Walk 3Km, Run 5Km or Cycle 10Km, you can choose your challenge and seek sponsorship from family and friends. If you email us or share your photograph (#aheadcharityorg) we will include you in our event story on Instagram and Facebook.
Any sponsorship raised can be donated to AHEAD via GIVEY or PayPal. For more details, and to download our sponsorship form visit our website.
The AHEAD team is looking forward to seeing your efforts and appreciate your support.
We are working with PayPal to become a full member of their Giving Fund. In the meantime you can also use your PayPal account to donate to us directly. This is easy, and you can choose how much you would like to donate. We really need your support, please donate if you are able to afford it.
We are pleased to announce we are now on Givey. This makes it even easier for our supporters to help us fund our objectives of helping the most disadvantaged in society into secure education.
We continue to encourage our donors to donate regularly but, if you wish make a one-off donation, we recommend using our page on Givey.
AHEAD receive 100% of your donation via this channel, while the donor pays a small processing charge. For example, if you are a UK Tax Payer, when you donate £10 we receive £12.50 including Gift Aid. As a donor you would pay 50p processing charge.
We are working on an easier way for you to donate directly to AHEAD and fund our efforts to create a secure future for the young people who so desperately need access to education. Our hostel has created the security, but we need to push forward with additional support and partnerships with local agencies to build on our successes, and give young people the future they deserve as valued members of society.
Watch this space for more details on how to support our work.
Our Annual Bike Ride & Walk normally held in early-June has been postponed due to the current Lockdown restrictions in England, imposed by the UK Government. We are looking at alternatives to allow our supporters help us raise funds for disadvantaged children in Ethiopia and local support groups in London.
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.
Oromo Culture & Language
Oromo people speak Afaan Oromo which is the third most widely indigenous African language on the continent. It’s a lingua franca in Ethiopia and also spoken in the Horn African countries such as Kenya, Somali and Djibouti. The Oromo socio-political system called Gada is also on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.