Towards a brighter future…

It’s about education. Despite the use of old regimented rows of heavy benches and desks in a poorly lit environment, children are attentive and want to learn. We are continuing to work hard to help our children towards a brighter future.

If you’d like to help us please consider donating to our cause. The future will be bright and full of promise with your help.

Children are our future – Education is key.

Qanxicha Primary School Students [Odo District, Oromia Region, Ethiopia]

During our last visit to Oromia, AHEAD and UDA were welcomed by local school pupils who shared their experiences and hopes for the future. We continue to work with local groups to ensure education remains accessible. Our hostel provides secure accommodation to the most disadvantaged students. Education is key to our mission in Oromia, and for the prospects of the region’s next generation.

Please support us in our work. You can donate at Wonderful

A massive THANK YOU!

We’d like to throw out a massive thanks to everyone who took part in AHEAD’s Summer Virtual Challenge. We all had a great time walking, cycling and running, but we also appreciate how hard this summer has been with so many restrictions in place keeping us indoors, away from our families, friends and loved ones. We hope you are all keeping well and are still energised to support us over the coming months. Best wishes everyone for the darker months ahead and look out for our next fundraising event.

Roy cycled 30-Kms along the Lea River in London. Elfneh and his family walked over 10-Kms in the Lake District.

AHEAD’s Summer Virtual Challenge

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. 

Donate to us using your PayPal account

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.

Now it’s even easier to donate!

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.   

Would you like to help build young people’s futures?

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.

We are on Instagram

If you’d like to find out more about our events and our work helping the disadvantaged gain a bright future, please visit us on Instagram at aheadcharity

Annual Bike Ride & Walk 2020

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.

Sunshine on Walthamstow Marshes during the 2018 edition of our Bike Ride and Walk.

Helping families in Arjo

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.

AHEAD Chairman Visits Ethiopia – October 2019

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.

Irreecha 2019

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.