Most of our supported students are now overseen by either Pastor Yohannes of Emmanuel Baptist church in a very poor district of the capital Addis Ababa or Pastor Zewdu and the Elders of the Evangelical Church in Lalibela. Several students have completed training courses and are embarking on a career and earning a living. Selam in Lalibela is a good example having completed a hairdressing course at a technical and vocational school.
It is exactly 40 years ago that Maurice was in Dessie building and rehabilitating roads following the first Ethiopian famine shortly after Haile Selassie’s overthrow by the communist uprising. It was his first overseas assignment and his first Christmas overseas.
Twelve years ago we received a prophesy from the Lord that we would be sent out to the ‘Nations’ and young people would come to us as a mother and a father. A year later after further answers to prayer we received confirmation that we should go to Ethiopia.
It is now 10 years since we made our first visit. Susan was somewhat apprehensive - “What me! Go to Africa!” Needless to say when she arrived she was captivated and as they say – ‘the rest is history’. EEA was formed.
In that time we have been greatly blessed by friends and family with financial support and encouragement. We especially thank our fellow trustees, John and Margaret Phipps for their commitment.
We are so grateful for God’s provision and the support we receive to help us educate these young people particularly at a time of unrest during the past months. We thank our Heavenly Father for the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of just a few.
We wish you peace at this
time for a happy Christmas
and a blessed New Year.
Haylemariam has completed his course in Hotel Management and has also returned to Lalibela. Sadly the unrest and downturn in tourism couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Meanwhile Zerihun completed his BSc degree in Nursing and is now continuing on to a two year Masters degree in Public Health.
ETHIOPIA EDUCATION AID NEWSLETTER
It has been a difficult year!
We are still recovering from our family bereavements at the beginning of the year and some of EEA’s fund raising activities have been reduced. However EEA prospers and we still send out the regular monthly support payments for our students.
There has been serious political unrest in parts of Ethiopia during the last few months. This has resulted in over 100 deaths in Bahir Dar and riots in Lalibela in the North. All our students and contacts are safe but there are other knock-on effects. The country’s tourism economy has virtually collapsed as western countries advise against travel. Bahir Dar and Lalibela both rely heavily on tourism and several of our students are on tourism related courses. The Government has closed down the internet on several extended occasions so we’ve had problems making contact.
Four of our students have completed their degree level courses during the last few months but the civil unrest and cuts in internet have meant that graduation ceremonies have been delayed. This in turn has created problems in their finding a job. As we have noted in the past it can be very difficult to get a job even with the right
Nepotism is rife and preference is often given to relatives and friends.
Seali completed her mid-wife course and has returned to her home town of Lalibela to find work. The unrest should not affect her chances.
Teshome, who only has one arm, completed his civil engineering degree course at the prestigious Addis Ababa University. We are optimistic he will have a good start to his career as there is a big programme of development and construction underway in Ethiopia.