Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is education a priority?

A. Amhara region has one of the lowest access to education both at elementary and high school levels. Moreover, the quality of education is so poor that more than half of the students who joined elementary school dropout before finishing middle school, only 20 percent of eligible students join high school and off these only five percent make it to higher education. Wonfel believes education is a national emergency and it needs immediate attention. Intervening on education is not only an investment in the future of Ethiopia but also plays key role to address the rampant social and cultural problems. 


Q. Why boarding school?  

A. Boarding school will enable gifted high school students to get quality education, spend their full time and potential in learning. The boarding school will also serve as a bench mark for other high schools in the region.


Q. What is the capacity of the boarding school?

A. The boarding school will have a capacity to enroll up to 400 students at full enrollment.


Q. Who will be the students?

A. The boarding schools will provide scholarship to gifted students and to those who come from a disadvantaged circumstances. The boarding school will have gender equality.


Q. How are students selected?

A. Gifted students will be selected based on a set of criteria that include performance on entrance exam, national exam scores, involvement in community services, and assessments of leadership potential and other skills.


Q. Where are the boarding schools located? Why?

A. To date, the Amhara region has one boarding school in Dessie city and one project under construction in Debre Birhan. Hence to make quality education easily accessible to the North Western part of Amhara, Bahirdar and Gonder cities are selected for these project. Both cities have historically served as centers excellence, have natural attraction, and host renowned universities which would make them suitable for residential learning environment. The presence of Universities in the vicinity would motivate high school students and would also open opportunity for staff recruitment and volunteering.


Q. What is the school’s curriculum?

A. The boarding schools will follow Ethiopian curriculum with some modification to meet the student’s potential. Students would be trained to be innovative, problem solving and be competent at international standard.


Q. Who is leading the boarding school project?

A. Wonfel AID, Amhara Development Association, Amhara Universities Forum, and the Amhara Regional Education Bureau are collaborating to build the boarding schools. While our partners raise funds in Ethiopia, Wonfel AID will be raising funds in the diaspora worldwide.


Q. How much is the capital for the boarding schools?

A. The cost of the boarding school is estimated at 3.3 million dollars or 100 million Ethiopian birr.


Q. What is the status of the project?

A. We have received the land from the city of Bahirdar and Gondar. Once we have half of the fund, we will be starting the construction.


Q. When will the schools open?

A. Tentatively, we expect the schools to be built by December 2022 and start functioning by September 2023. 


Q. Who would be the source of the fund?

A. You! We believe we thrive together. Together we can build a boarding school that would serve generations of Ethiopians. Your contribution would enable a gifted high school student to get quality education and excel.


Q. Are there special recognition for large donations?

A. Yes! Wonfel appreciates all amounts of donations.  Also, gives different recognition certificates to individuals or organizations based on the amount of donation. For donations of $30,000 or greater, there will be an opportunity that class rooms will be named after our generous donors. Please contact us at for more information.


Q. How do I make donation?

A. Thank you! You can use the “donate now” button on our  website. Or transfer money to Wonfel Aid INC, US Bank, Routing Number 121122676, Account number 157517891667. Address: 327  Redding road, Cambell, CA, 95008. Wonfel Aid is a 501 (c)(3) organization and your gift is fully tax-deductible. 

Q. If you want to make direct donation?

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