In 2014 Hearts Full of Happy added teacher training to our support of students in Ethiopia. Interviews at schools during previous trips indicated the need for better English skills and computer knowledge. As a result we brought laptops, projectors, and four U.S. instructors to Berhane Yesus School in Dembi Dollo. The computers were loaded with Rosetta Stone for ESL and Kahn Academy lessons in science, math, social studies and history. We spent two weeks instructing teachers in the use of laptops in their classrooms. During the 2014-15 school year the teachers told us the students’ favorite classes were when they got to use Rosetta Stone in the classroom. The Berhane Yesus teachers asked us to come back and work with them further in computer training. In this way, we were able to help over 550 students with English skills at Berhane Yesus Elementary School.
Hearts Full of Happy returned in June of 2015 with five U.S. instructors and five more laptops and projectors for classroom use. We continued the teacher training at Berhane Yesus and also worked with fourteen teachers from the Catholic Mission in Dembi Dollo. The laptops were loaded with Wikipedia as well as Rosetta Stone and Kahn Academy. We expect more than1000 students to benefit from this effort by Hearts Full of Happy.
Our support of individual students continues. We have two new students, Mitiku and Garamu, who will go to the university this fall with our help, a new high school student in Gimbie, Chala, a group of 17 girls from Dembi Dollo who we will support, plus continued support for 30 students from Gimbie. We had one proud university student, Girma, graduate this summer with a degree in economics, and are now supporting a medical student, Abdi, and a water engineering student, Abinet, at the university level. Hearts Full of Happy also helps Tulema kindergarten on the outskirts of Dembi Dollo by paying the teachers’ salaries and providing nutritional support. All of these achievements are made possible by the generous and continued support of our volunteers and donors. Thank you.