Education 4 Change
Statement of Purpose: To advance education by operating a mobile school for the underprivileged communities of the Kelafo District and surrounding communities within the Somali Region of Ethiopia.
A Brief History
Education 4 Change is a non-profit, grassroots organization that is based in Waterloo, Ontario. We work in partnership with the people of the Kelafo district, Somali region in Ethiopia to provide educational opportunities for the 200,000 people in the area. Education 4 Change is an incorporated organization and a registered charity in Canada and we are also a registered NGO in Ethiopia.
Despite being similar in size to the Waterloo Region, Kelafo has never had a library. And while there are elementary schools in the area, they are often run by non-qualified teachers, they are too small for the student population and they lack the necessary resources to educate their students properly. Students wanting to attend high school must leave their villages and travel to another community, sometimes several hours away. We are working with the communities and schools in the Kelafo district to create a sustainable, locally managed education program that meets their children's needs.
100% of Donations
Education 4 Change is run by volunteers only. None of our Board members or other volunteers are paid any salary. This allows us to send 100% of all our donations directly to our projects in Ethiopia. The only people on our payroll are our staff in Ethiopia - a coordinator, an accountant and two teachers.
Education 4 Change is a partnership. We believe that the people who best know what they need are the people living in that community. That is why we take the time to talk to the people in Kelafo and to find out how they want to improve their community. We know that if we want our organization to be successful, the local people must be directly invested in the outcomes. We also try to use as many local resources as we can while we complete our projects.
We currently fund a mobile school and provide on-going training for the local teachers. We recently built a permanent library that is accessible to all 5 local villages. Some of our volunteers are travelling to Kelafo this summer to set up the library, stock the shelves and hire a full-time librarian. But, we want to do more. We want to hire more qualified teachers, expand our mobile school to other communities and build more libraries.
We firmly believe that education is the key to breaking the poverty cycle. With your financial support, Education 4 Change will provide a better future for the families of the Kelafo district. We are giving our communities the resources they need and the hope of a better future.