Overall project Summary

Boarding School

Educational coverage and quality are inadequate in many parts of Ethiopia, particularly in the Amhara region. In rural areas, elementary school enrollment is very low, and those who enrolled face enormous challenges. As a result, many of them drop out before completing middle school and high school. According to the regional education office, only 19.6% of the region's eligible youth have access to high school education. Only 5% of these students will get the opportunity to join university.

Wonfel Aid believes that improving the quality of education will require several various interventions. One approach will be to build a state-of-the-art boarding school that will serve as the blueprint for future schools. These boarding schools would provide a unique opportunity for students to nurture their talents in academia, arts, and athletics, while simultaneously fostering community and fraternity, all of which are critical elements for social and intellectual growth and development. The current plan is to build two model boarding schools, one in Bahir Dar and another in Gondar, in collaboration with the Amhara Regional Education Bureau, Amhara Development Association, and Amhara University Forum. Wonfel aspires to use these projects as a model to show the local community should be engaged in improving the quality of education.

The current design of the Boarding school

Type of Facility: Classrooms, Laboratories, library, meeting hall, administrative offices, dormitories, Cafeteria, sports facilities, water supply and sanitation, electricity, toilets, and waste disposal

 

 

Capacity: 400 students/year (grade 9-12)

Estimated Construction Cost: Total ~$3.3 million

Right of Way (Land): Arranged by Amhara Education Bureau

Wonfel Aid to raise $1.0 million from donors in North America and other countries.

ADA: Coordinate local fundraising

AUF: Provide technical and professional expertise

Funding Year: March 2019 – Dec 2021

Construction: Jan 2020 – Dec 2022

Scholarship program

Wonfel team assists with scholarship/college admission application, SAT preparation and covers SAT and elated expenses for promising students.

Grand Book Project

One of Wonfel's missions is to improve Ethiopia's educational equality, particularly in the Amhara region, where schools haven't been prioritized for several decades. Most of the schools in the Amhara region don't have libraries. Wonfel, in collaboration with Books for Africa, initiated the Grand Ethiopian Book project to provide the necessary books and expand high school libraries in Ethiopia. By May 2021, the total shipment will reach ~88,000 books and ~40 computers, serving more than 72 schools and 5 universities.

The first round of shipment

Wonfel already sent the first round of 22,000 science, mathematics, computer science, and English literature books to 10 high schools and five universities in Ethiopia. The Universities served were Debark University, Woldyia University, Debre Markos University, Debre Birhan University, and Jinka University. The books donated to the universities were in computer science, science and engineering.  The high schools were served Kira Kira Senior Secondary School (Kira Kira, N. Gondor),  Gaynet Senior Secondary School (Gaynet, S. Gondor), Kobo Senior Secondary School (Kobo, N. Wollo), Lalibela Senior Secondary School (Lalibela, N. Wollo), Dessie Boarding School (Dessie, S. Wollo), Feresbet Senior Secondary School (Feresbet, W. Gojjam), Amanuel Senior Secondary School (Amanuel, E. Gojjam), Hailemariam Mammo Preparatory school (Debre Berhan, North Shoa), Arbegnoch Senior Secondary School (Alem Ketema, Merhabete, North Shoa), and Jinka Senior Secondary High School (Jinka, South Omo zone).The funds for the first round of shipment were raised through a network of generous donors, including social media.

Wonfel and Books for Africa team participating in packaging, labeling, and shipping at Atlanta warehouse.

Received Certificate of acknowledgment from the Arbegnoch Senior Secondary School, Merhabete, North Shoa.

The second round of shipment

Wonfel raised the total fund to send 44,000 books to 26 elementary and high schools. The books were scheduled to be shipped in February 2021; however, due to COVID-19, the shipment is delayed. The funds were collected by Alumni of the beneficiary schools. The alumni independently raised the necessary funding and coordinated with Wonfel team in selecting books for their respective home schools. This round of shipment included sending desktops and laptops. 

The third round of shipment

Wonfel, in collaboration with Dr Abebe Kebede from AASDO raised the total fund to send 22,000 books to 36 elementary and high schools. The books are scheduled for shipment in April 2021.

 Beneficiary schools in the second round book donations.

School name and Woreda

Enemay Woreda/Bitchena Education Beauro

Bitchena

Dangile Senior Secondary School

Dangila

Bitweded Mengesha Jembera High School

Dangila, W. Gojjam

Dega Damot Education Beauro

Dega Damot, W. Gojjam

Quarite High School

Quarite, W. Gojjam

Jinka High School

Jinka, SNNPR

Mereto LeMariam High School

Mereto LeMariam, E. Gojjam

Debre Elias High School

Debre Elias, E. Gojjam

Debre Elias Town Public Library

Debre Elias, E. Gojjam

Debre Elias Town Public Library

Debre Elias, E. Gojjam

Debre Markos High School

Debre Markos, E. Gojjam

Haddis Alemayehu Academy

Debre Markos, E. Gojjam

Yibokla High School

Yebokla, E. Gojjam

Jan Amora

Mekane Berhan, S. Gondor

Yejuba High School

Yejuba, W. Gojjam

Tana Haike High School

Bahir Dar, W. Gojjam

Zege High School

Zege, W. Gojjam

Adagiwa Eth Senior 2ndary, Alamata

Alamata

Damot High School

Finoteselam, W. Gojjam

Woreta High School

Woreta, S. Gondor

Wr/o Sihin Vocational School, Dessie

Dessie, S. Wollo

Chara Preparatory & General Secondary School

Dangila, W. Gojjam

Gissa Preparatory & General Secondary School

Dangila, W. Gojjam

Tatek lesira Middle and high, Arb gebeya, Tach Gayint

Gayint, S. Gondor

Ambomeda Secondary School

close to Addis Zemen, S. Gondor

Tewodros Secondary School

Debretabor, S. Gondor

Degan Secondary School

Degen, Wollo

 

Beneficiary schools in the 3rd round book donations

Beneficiaries

Area

ጭራሜዳ 1ኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት

SHEWAROBIT PRIMARY SCHOOLS

ሸዋሮቢት 1ኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት

ጫሬ 1ኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት

ሮቢ ዙጢ 1ኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት

አዲሰ ዓለም 1ኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት

ህዳሴ 1ኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት

ብሩህ ተስፋ 1ኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት

ጁብአምባ 1ኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት

አስፋቸው 1ኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት

Abayatir High School

SHEWAROBIT SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND /YTVET

አርማኒያ 2ኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት

ሸዋሮቢ መሰናዶ ት/ቤት

ሮቢ ዙጢ 2ኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት /Dej. Tessema Ergetie

PS(STEM) YTVET

YTVET

Genet Full Cycle School (1-8)

DebreBirhan SCHOOLS

Model NO.1 Full Cycle School (1-8)

BiruhTesfaFull Cycle School (1-8)

Atse ZereyakobFull Cycle School (1-8)

Soresa Full Cycle School (1-8)

Bezu Elemntary school

BEZZO/DEBREBIRHAN

የበዞ፡አንደኛ፡ደረጃ፡ት!ቤት፡

የቀበሌው፡አስተዳደር፡ጌታቸው፡ዳኜ፡ 

ርእሰመምሩ፡ገብረመድህን፡ ደብሩ፡

የተማሪዎች፡ብዛት፣ከሁለት፡ሽህ በላይ፡የሆኑ፡

SHEKORA YOHANNES/SHENKOYO

SHEKORA YOHANNES/SHENKOYO

Ashuda

Achefer

Durbete/Ayalew Mekonen

Yismala/Abe Gubegna

Merawi and Zenzelema

Mecha

Zenzelema

Bahir dar

Wurgesa Elemnetary

Wurgesa

Wurgessa high school

Chilalo Terara, Asela

Assela

ASELA COLLEGE OF TEACHER TRAINING

Asela- Distribute to needy schools

Distribute to needy schools.

 

Project Resilience 

Wonfel conceived this project to help children whose parents or guardians have been killed or significantly affected by the atrocities committed against the Amhara people in Metekel and the Oromo regional state of Ethiopia. Our mission is to bring awareness to the alarmingly rapid increase in children orphaned due to the ethnic cleansing that's currently taking place in these regions of Ethiopia

Wonfel initiated Project Resilience "Sponsor A Child" program to give hope to many children who lost one or both parents through the ethnic cleansing

Sponsor A Child

The team currently has sponsors for 30 orphaned children who are presently transferring to a child center in Bahir Dar run byAmhara Regional Women and Youth Office. The project is designed with simplicity, transparency, and the clear objective of gaining the trust of many good-hearted people interested in helping. The current model is designed based on a sponsorship program that only costs less than $1/day yet can change a child's life. Please follow the link to find a sponsorship level that works best for you.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczdBEECGTzIOE4ooHlTfl6bEiLSjP0RFIgiO9JTphn-uvDUg/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

Ashuda Project

Ashuda elementary school, located in Achefer, Gojjam was built in 1974 by generous donors from Sweden.  It is the first elementary school in the area, and some kids would walk for more than two hours to attend school.  Over the years, the school opened opportunities for thousands and changed lives. The Ashuda project lead, Dr. Yinges Yigzaw, is among the first 70 students enrolled in the new school.  Regardless of his humble beginnings, he achieved a PhD in Biochemistry, and for the last 18 years, he has worked as a biochemist developing life-saving medicines. His story demonstrates the power a small donation can have and its lifelong impact on individuals and society.

Project Objective:

The school that served 30 kids per class in 1974 now serves as many as 90 kids per class and overcrowded. Over the years, the school has deteriorated and has had minimal maintenance and expansion. It currently serves more than 2,000 students with no adequate textbooks, chairs, or other school facilities. As a result, the school's graduation rate has dropped from >90% in 1974 to <37%.  The project aims to raise funds in collaboration with the local community and Partners in Education Ethiopia to build additional classes, provide school furniture, and books to alleviate the overcrowding and improve the graduation rate.

 

Project COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived late in Africa. Given the devastation it caused in Europe and the Americas; it is easy to imagine how worse it can be in developing countries, such as Ethiopia. The local government agencies have been preparing to slow down the spread of the virus, especially regarding people working on the front lines, such as the health care workers, who need the most protection. Wonfel Aid Inc anticipated the risk and reacted early, and initiated a joint task force with the local government to perform a knowledge and resource gap assessment, and identified key capabilities that it can muster within its supporters. 

  1. Wonfel Aid raised funds, collaborated with humanivillages shipping medical supplies and equipment valued at $1.5 million, and supplied critically needed personal protective equipment for healthcare providers, as well as oxygen concentrators for the sick.

  2. Wonfel team identified an innovative and efficient way of delivering personal protective equipment: by providing local talent what they critically need and letting them produce it locally. To this effect, Wonfel AID Inc has shipped several 3D printers and supplies, leading to successfully printed face shields then supplied to local nurses and doctors. Manufacturing face shields locally using 3D printers overcome the logistical challenge of shipping from the USA or other countries, promoting local innovation and self-reliance. For a cost of less than $400 USD, a single 3D printer and supplies could manufacture enough face shields for 1,000 health care workers.

  3. Wonfel coordinated virtual training and experience sharing sessions between health care professionals in the USA and those in Ethiopia.