KATREENA PRIMARY SCHOOL
No parent should have to choose which of their kids go to school and which ones don’t. But that’s what’s happening in Gode village today.
My name is Katreena. After 6 medical missions in rural Ethiopia, Gode village named a school after me. It’s an honor that I’d like to share with you — because we’re better together.
What I saw was heartbreaking: there’s simply not enough room in the primary school for all the village kids. It’s not much better for the lucky ones. In the 4th grade, 170 children are crammed into a mud hut for 40 — jammed like sardines into 18 desks, no electricity, sharing 10 books for the whole class. Who can learn in those conditions?
Love of learning starts in childhood. When kids love to learn, they stay in school. They help their families. They have hope. Together — through this project — we have the power to transform a child’s life. When you transform a life, you transform communities, you change the world.
A positive learning environment can change the future. Gode high school — built by EHA Founder Dr. Gudata HInika and his wife Wubitu in 2010 — is proof. In just 4 years, it’s already changed the lives of 2,500 graduates. But when kids can’t even go to primary school, how could they make the leap into highschool?
About this project. The school will have 2 buildings, 4 classrooms each. And because there is no electricity, running water or sanitation in Gode village, we’re developing systems for utilities, water, sanitation and restrooms — especially vital for girls as they enter pre-adolescence.
Project Cost. This project will ultimately cost $100,000. To help us reach our goals, we’re doing it in four phases of $25,000 each.
- Phase 1 – Building 1 for grades 5 – 8
- Phase 2 – Building 2 for grades K- 4
- Phase 3 – Water wells, male and female restrooms, plumbing and sanitation system
- Phase 4 – electricity, desks, books and school furnishings
Everything has a purpose. Upon completion of the new buildings, the old mud school rooms will be used for extra curricular activities, a library, a lunch room and a workshop.
We’re better together. With your generous help, we will change someone’s future. Let’s build a school — let’s build HOPE in Ethiopia.