The Past Week at The Kindu Trust in Numbers
73 children received educational support and a hot meal
48 children visited the Kindu library
19 children attended football Friday
16 families received medical support
14 home visits carried out by the Sponsorship team
Kindu Trust Apartment available to all!
The Kindu Trust has an apartment available to volunteers and tourists in Gondar. Including two bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge, bathroom and balcony, the flat is perfect for those who prefer a more immersive style of travelling. Rather than sit in a hotel among tourists, the flat is in the heart of the Gondar community surrounded by Ethiopian familes. As it’s on the second floor of a home, with its own balcony, the flat provides the perfect balance of living in the community as well as enjoying a relaxing, personal space, not to mention a spectacular view! The flat is now available to view and rent on airbnb.
This month we’d like to say a very big thank you to members of the Barrow Baptist Church in Leicester who have been firm supporters of The Kindu Trust for several years and whose generous donations enable the smooth running of our work. The Church has fundraised for us many times and we are deeply appreciative of their support.
Ethiopia at the Girl Summit in London
Last month the UK Government and UNICEF hosted a global Girl Summit to bring organisations from all over the world to discuss how to protect girls’ rights, with a particular view to ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage within the next generation. Delegates from Ethiopia were in attendance led by Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen and the Women’s, Children and Youth Affairs Minister, Zenebu Tadesse. Speaking on a special panel Zenebu Tadesse highlighted the three core elements of Ethiopia’s approach to end harmful practices, including political will from the government to end harmful practices, public opinion and transforming social norms, and partnerships with development partners, institutions, NGOs, etc.
Encouraged to make a pledge at the end of the Summit, the Ethiopian representatives said the government is committed to sustainable measures to tackle FGM and Child Marriage and highlighted the importance of formulating appropriate policies and strategies. He stressed that education empowers girls and women, saying that more than 10 million girls have been enrolled in school in Ethiopia. This, he said, is the surest way of protecting girls and women from these harmful practices. Please see here to find out more information about FGM and Child Marriage in Africa from one of the organisations working to end the practices in Ethiopia.