The 2015 Project is the building of a Multipurpose Hall in Dawhan
Early this year the Bishop of Adigrat, Abune Tesfaselassie Medhin asked us if we would consider working on a project in Dawhan that would help the local youth. Dawhan is located in the Irob district in Tigray Province. It is a small rural town with very little infrastructure and most people living here live in dire poverty.
The surrounding rural areas are among the poorest and driest in Ethiopia. The people cannot survive on the income derived from agricultural work as this only lasts for three months. Consequently many migrants from here make their way to the Mediterranean coast and try the perilous sea crossing to make their
way to Europe, some with tragic consequences. Some go to the Middle East. Others end up being trafficked by ruthless criminals. There is a very high incidence of HIV/AIDS amongst the people of the region.
Today there is a sense of hopelessness and restlessness amongst the youth of the area and this is what we hope to address with our project.
The project for 2015 is the building of a Multipurpose Hall in Dawhan.
As a result it will be possible to provide youth services, life skills services and training courses for the youth of the area and thus enlighten their way of life.
We would hope to have a large group of Irish volunteers. It is hoped that this project will be completed this July/August. This project welcomes people who want to be part of a group of Irish volunteers based in the School in Addis Ababa. Volunteer activities involve physical work in the construction of this new facility for the youth of the area Opportunities for teaching and caring for children abound. One can teach any age group up to age fifteen.
Volunteers can use their vast array of talents whether they are in the health care, musical, artistic, sporting or drama areas. This short term volunteer project offers an authentic, cultural and meaningful experience to people with limited time. The project also includes exciting and varied cultural excursions and learning experiences. Volunteers may decide to travel further in Ethiopia or the African continent after the completion of the necessary time on the project.
If you are interested in volunteering in Addis Ababa this summer and you want to find out more about the project contact:
Tom O'Neill, De L Salle College, Waterford: email [email protected]
John McDermott, Mount La Salle, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10 will also have information on this project: email [email protected]