May at The Kindu Trust

Last week in numbers 

98 children received hot meals at The Kindu Klub

50 children received a meal at Play Group

37 children used the Kindu library

16 families received parcels

20 beneficiaries received medical care

21 home visits were made by the Sponsorship team

The Kindu Trust has a new home!

It is with great delight that we announce that The Kindu Trust Ethiopia has now a new home in Gondar! The month of May saw us moving to a new compound that we will be sharing with our sister charity Link Ethiopia. Our new place has much more space to accommodate us and all of our facilities, and, most importantly, much more room for our children to play!

Our bright new Kindu Klub space

Our bright new Kindu Klub space

We have an expanded area for the Kindu Klub, with more space for the three desktop computers that were generously donated by IEFA last year. Since the new Kindu Klub can host more computers than the previous one, we are hoping to buy three new ones, so that we’ll have a computer for each child to work on in Kindu classes.

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The computers donated by IEFA in the old compound

A special thanks goes to our New Zealand volunteers whose contribution to the new compound was very important. Besides building shelves and giving lessons at the Kindu Klub, they also built a shelter in new Play Ground, so that our children will be able to continue playing safely in the rainy season. We are also planning to beautify the outdoor area with plants and patio chairs, and donations for this are welcome!

The playgroup children under the newly built outdoor shelter

The playgroup children under the newly built outdoor shelter


The outdoor Playgroup Area


Books at the new Kindu Klub


The shelves built by our volunteers
























Our new compound is located ten minutes away from Gondar’s city centre and we are not giving up the good old habits: everyone is still very welcome to come visit us! Our kitchen and a wonderful cook will be delighted to serve traditional lunches for all our guests, at your request.

Our new home is waiting for you!

New species of ancient human found in Ethiopia!

We would like to share with you a great piece of news from our wonderland Ethiopia. A new species of hominin was discovered in Ethiopia last May! Scientists found the jawbones and teeth of a previously unknown species of human being in the Afar region. We wait for them to tell us more about it!

Always something surprising from the country that gave us Lucy the Australopithecus!


April at The Kindu Trust

Last week in numbers 

40 children received hot meals at The Kindu Klub

12 children received a meal at Play Group

10 children used the Kindu library

15 families received parcels

12 home visits were made by the Sponsorship team

The Power of the Individual!

This month we would like to dedicate our blog to one of the Kindu Trust’s most important components: our supporters. As we have said many times, we would not exist if it wasn’t for the affection of those who believe in our mission. We would like to pay special thanks to one of our most dedicated supporters, David Dipple from Leicester. After visiting Ethiopia many times, David has become a fundraising champion for The Kindu Trust, rallying people from his community and showing what a great contribution a single person can make in spreading awareness. The following are some of the initiatives that took place in the last few weeks thanks to David’s dedication to the Kindu cause.

Hall Orchard Primary School Bake Sale!

Hall Orchard Primary School organised a cake sale in aid of The Kindu Trust on May Day. The day started with Miss Kirstie Price showing the children how to make cupcakes in the ‘Great Birtish Bake Off’ style. It was then David’s turn to talk to the children about the ingredients that make up the Hall Orchard cake: a kilo of kindness, a teaspoon of tenderness, a litre of love and a sprinkle of sunshine smiles. The children then went on to the playground to sell the cakes they had brought from home.



On that same day, England cricketer Tammy Beaumont visited the school to coach some cricket with Sam Shipley from Leicestershire County Cricket Club through the Chance to Shine scheme. Leicestershire cricket club caught onto David’s enthusiasm for fundraising and donated a signed bat to be auctioned for The Kindu Trust!



The cake sale was very successful and it raised over £250, while the bat raised £50!



Presentation on Gondar for the Barrow upon Soar Brownies

After visiting Gondar last March, David Dipple, Lucy Elms and Danielle Gudger were invited by Barrow upon Soar 1st brownies to give a presentation of their time in Ethiopia. The event was a great chance to introduce the brownies to the work of The Kindu Trust and explain what living in Ethiopia is like.


The evening began with an Ethiopian ‘fashion show’, during which the girls had a chance to wear a typical Ethiopian outfit. The fashion show was then followed by a talk where the brownies learnt about life in Gondar. They were particularly interested in the work of The Kindu Trust and organised a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday May 16 at the Methodist Church in Barrow upon Soar, raising £250!


A very successful fundraising month at The Kindu Trust!

Adding to all of these initiatives, The Kindu Trust held a successful fundraising campaign to send the Kindu Klub children on a trip to the Blue Nile Falls. Our supporters donated £664, well above our target of £300!

The trip will take place during the school holidays at a time when the children will see the Falls at its best! We will update you with photos and stories once the trip has happened so that you can see what your donations made possible!

The extra money means that The Kindu Trust will be able to fund the trip without affecting our reserve funds. Any money left over from this trip will be set aside for future trips or used to help families in unpredictable, emergency situations, as assessed by our local team. We would like to give special thanks to Hall Orchard School and Barrow Baptist Church for their fundraising and donations.

Once again, our supporters show us how generous they are and how far they appreciate the importance of these learning activities for the personal development of of all of our children!

From The Kindu Trust a great THANK YOU to each and everyone of you!

Feeling inspired? Check out our A-Z of Fundraising Ideas to get started
on your own fundraising activities!


March at The Kindu Trust


Last month in numbers

197 children received hot meals at The Kindu Klub

74 children received a meal at Play Ground

85 children used the Kindu Library

28 families received parcels

45 home visits were made by the Sponsorship team

Busy Easter in the UK and Ethiopia!

March was a special month for us in Gondar, as we received a visit from some of our UK supporters. A group from Hall Orchard School in Leicestershire came to Gondar to assist to the work we do every day.


Picture by David Dipple


This trip to Gondar was a chance for our supporters to visit some of their sponsored children and testify the positive impact they are making to disadvantaged families in Ethiopia. David Dipple, who regularly leads these trips to Ethiopia, commented:

“We have just had an amazing time in Gondar – Marta and her team are doing a wonderful job! It was lovely being able to visit so many of the sponsored children in their homes and see so many of the families coming to the new compound to receive parcels from England or their Easter gift. It was so special to go go shopping for live chickens at the market with Marta – a first for me!”


Picture by David Dipple



Picture by David Dipple

Hall Orchard School also donated £200 in Easter parcels and have pledged to fund the next Kindu Klub trip.

Thank you to everyone at Hall Orchard School!


Picture by David Dipple


The Kindu Trust UK goes to the market!

On Saturday the 4th of April, The Kindu Trust UK celebrated Easter at the SE20 Easter Craft Fair in Penge, selling our lovely hand-made jewellery.  The jewellery is made in Ethiopia by mothers of some of our sponsored children. Customers at the fair loved our items, and bought them in multiple colours. Nobody could believe the beads are actually made of recycled magazine and are completely sustainable!


Our Stall at the SE20 Craft Fair

It was a very nice day for us, and we were pleased to share a space at the market with so many other talents from the area. You can read a blog about the day from Christina Owen, the craft fair’s organiser, who had some lovely words about us! Have a look! And don’t forget that if you have missed us at SE20 Craft Fair, you can find our lovely necklaces, bracelets and earrings in our online shop.

The Kindu Trust Ethiopia goes to the market!

Thanks to all the amazing supporters who purchased Easter gifts for families in Ethiopia. A total of 37 parcels were bought and Marta and our volunteers from Hall Orchard headed down to the market to purchase the ideal items for families at Easter. The parcels will enable families to celebrate Easter in the traditional spirit as well as contributing to the local economy, farmers and traders who work at the market in Gondar. Families drifted in to the compound over the next week to pick up their gifts with plenty of time to prepare for the feast on the 12th April.


All the items from the market are set up at our compound, ready to distribute

Families receive easter parcels

Families visit to pick up their Easter gifts!


It’s been a busy month and we’re grateful for your support in making it a wonderful Easter for all concerned! 


Ethiopia Reaches Milestone in Providing Safe Drinking Water! 

On 23rd March, Ethiopia announced a remarkable achievement, reaching Target 10 of their Millennium Development Goals – access to safe water. In 1990 only 14% of people in Ethiopia had access to a sanitary, drinkable water source. Now 57% of the population have access to clean water!

Government officials, ambassadors and UN representatives met to celebrate the achievement and to reaffirm their commitment to providing all citizens access to a safe water supply.

February at The Kindu Trust


Last week in numbers

45 children received hot meals at The Kindu Klub
54 children received a meal at Play Ground
60 children used the Kindu Library
15 children played football together
9 families received parcels
9 home visits were made by the Sponsorship team

 Jackie’s experience: supporting students through higher education!

In August 2014 The Kindu Trust carried out a financial review and sadly discovered that numerous sponsors who we thought were active had ceased their payments. We quickly set to work finding new sponsors  for all the children, so they could remain as unaffected as possible. Unfortunately, a number of the children we were sponsoring could no longer be considered children; they were university students; attending vocational studies; excelling at college! This made the abrupt stop to their sponsorship that much more complicated – and the process of finding new sponsors all the more difficult.

It is an essential part of the Kindu sponsorship programme to not limit support to children up to the age of 18, but to back a child’s education as far as they can go – enabling them to really fulfil their potential. On the 9th of December we issued a call on Facebook and Twitter for people to support the students, most of whom were orphans, through their last years of education or training.

Call for Student Sponsors

It was from this humble beginning that something remarkable happened. A woman named Jackie contacted us asking for details of the students and in December she sent The Kindu Trust £100 towards their education, with the promise that she would send some more money in the new year. True to her word, Jackie continued to send in amounts of £100 over the next few months and by the end of January she had paid enough to support one student through the final two years of his course.
The student Jackie helped is Fikadu Girmay. Fikadu is 22 and he is in his first year at Technical College, studying to be an electrician.


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Fikadu Girmay, aged 22


Fikadu never knew his father, who was a soldier in the Ethiopian army and his mother died when he was in 3rd grade at school. His mother’s relatives came to the town where they were living and brought Fikadu back to the rural area that his mother was from. No more than a year later Fikadu ran away and returned to Gondar where he lived as a beggar and became very ill. A passer by noticed Fikadu in the street and gave him money, advising him to go to the hospital for help. Fikadu made it to the health centre where a doctor found him lying on the floor, learning that he had no parents or home, she helped him, buying medicine and food and checking in on him as got better. Once he was better the Doctor brought him to Kate, founder of The Kindu Trust, and asked her to help. The Kindu Trust has supported Fikadu and his education ever since.  


Between December and February Jackie fundraised so that Fikadu’s education could continue. Using eBay, she sold her unwanted items online and sold donated items, to generate the funds that mean Fidaku will be able to graduate in two years. Jackie is now continuing to fundraise so that she can help even more students who might have to face dropping out of higher education.


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Fikadu’s letter of thanks to The Kindu Trust and his sponsors (in Ahmaric)

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Fikadu’s thank you message translated in English


The Kindu Trust is incredibly grateful to Jackie for her support.

There are 3 more students who need sponsorship for one up to three years, and you could help them achieve this great goal by donating or fundraising towards the education of these students. Sponsorship for one year is only £192.

Please consult our A-Z of Fundraising Ideas if you’ve been inspired to go out and fundraise and never hesitate to contact us, to find out what you can do to help!


Gondar’s wonders: Fasil Ghebbi

Besides being the place that we at The Kindu Trust call home, Gondar is also a wonderful city and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ethiopia.

The city is thought to have been founded by Emperor Fasilides in the 17th century. Breaking with a nomadic tradition, Fasilides stabilised himself in Gondar and made it the capital of the Ethiopian Empire. Because of its imperial past, Gondar hosts some of Ethiopia’s most notable historical landmarks.

Fasil Ghebbi, the home of the Emperors, is still open to visitors today. The historical complex, including Fasilides’ castle, is surrounded by a 900 m long wall and it draws on a number of different architectural styles, from Hindi and Islamic, to Baroque. Because of its historical importance, Fasil Ghebbi has been included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.


A view of Fasil Ghebbi


Fasilides’ Castle


Support The Kindu Trust and enjoy a summer’s family day out at the Consortium for Street Children Marathon Walk!


Ever wanted to raise money for The Kindu Trust through sports events, but don’t feel up for a bungee jump? This event is just for you! The Consortium for Street Children Marathon Walk is a walker from Windsor to Bourne End and back – to put ourselves in street children’s shoes and raise funds to support them. It is suitable for all fitness levels with the choice of three walks; The Pleasure Walk (10km), Half Marathon (21 km) or Full Marathon (42km).
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The Walk will take place on summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and will follow the beautiful Thames Path. Children are welcome to take part in The Pleasure Walk and Half Marathon and all walks include energy snacks and refreshments from cafés along the way. So why not make it a family day with a lovely walk in scenic Windsor, while raising funds for children in Ethiopia?
How to Register!
You can find out full details about the walk on the website. To register for the Walk and fundraise for The Kindu Trust, you will need to:


Please share this event with your friends and spread the word; the more the merrier!
For info, please email to
We look forward to seeing you there!

The Kindu Trust UK




Eleven years on: Nick Gray returns to Ethiopia to meet two sponsored children

Nick Gray visited Kibron and Adera, two children sponsored by his friends Fiona Ring and Paul Edmonds, eleven years after his friends first joined our Sponsorship Programme. Here’s his account of his experience in Gonder. Enjoy the read and the pictures!

Gonder, Ethiopia, January 2015
In 2004, Paul Edmunds, Fiona Ring and I were in Ethiopia, filming for the BBC series ‘Grown Up Gappers’. Paul had decided to take a career break, and travel round Africa: he agreed to let the BBC film his progress for the series. Fiona and I were the producers tagging along with him. When we caught up with him in Gonder, Paul introduced us to Katie Fereday, whom he had just met. “You must film her,” he said, “she’s amazing.” Katie is the founder of The Kindu Trust, a charity helping children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. By the time we left Gonder, both Paul & Fiona decided to sponsor children. Eleven years later, I am back in Ethiopia with some friends on our way to the Simien Mountains for a weeklong trek, and can find out what has happened to the two children.

On January 10th, I meet up in Gonder with the redoubtable Katie Fereday, who has now given up day-to-day direction of The Kindu Trust. Her new interest is the Empress Mentewab School which she has established in Dip Bahir, a remote village near the Simien Mountains. With her is Tom, aged 9, one of her two adopted children. Katie has hardly changed in 11 years since we filmed her. Her enthusiasm knows no bounds, she exudes goodness, and she never stops talking.

Katie introduces me to Marta Bekele, the Sponsorship Manager for The Kindu Trust. Walking around Gonder with Katie is like accompanying Angelina Jolie in downtown New York. Many greet her as an old friend, and some fall to their knees, and kiss her feet, or, in one case, showing even more respect by kissing the ground in front of her feet. She has done so much to help people in the town.


Kate, the founder of The Kindu Trust, and her son Tom. (By Nick Gray)


Kate with Marta, our Sponsorship Manager in Gonder. (By Nick Gray)

A week later, on our return from the Simien Mountains, I get a chance to visit the two sponsored boys, Kibron and Adera, with Marta. In my pocket is some money for them from their sponsors, Paul and Fiona. Both boys live in ramshackle rooms, made of wood and mud in an area of pitifully poor housing, which, surprisingly, is dotted with satellite dishes. The boys look remarkably healthy, are full of life, and have impressive plans for their futures.

Kibron lives with his mother and is now 18 years old. He told me about his schoolwork. Particularly keen on History, which includes ‘Civics & Ethical Education’ taught in English, he wants to train to be a lawyer. If he works hard he can get to University to study Law in four years time. He is captain of his football team, and plays on a dangerously hard, gravel-strewn pitch nearby – no sliding tackles there. He supports Manchester United. I ask him if he had been to Lalibela (“No”), or Addis (“No”). But Marta said that he had been in a group that the Kindu Trust had taken to the Simien Mountains, and he was so exhilarated to be out in the country that he climbed up one of the sheer precipices, stopped halfway and had to be talked down. When I present them with the US$50 that Fiona wanted me to give him, he is extremely grateful. Kibron says that he will use it to buy new trousers for the Timkat Epiphany celebrations (yes, he needed some), and his foster-mother says they will buy some corrugated iron to put on the roof of his room. At the moment it leaks during the rainy season.

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Kibron. (By Nick Gray)


Kibron and his mother. (By Nick Gray)


Kibron, his mother and Marta. (By Nick Gray)

When we filmed Adera eleven years ago, he was four-years-old and suffering from malnutrition, but with a cheeky smile. When we find him, I immediately recognise that smile. Adera is now fifteen, and an athletic teenager. He too is captain of his football team (under-16’s), and, yes, a fan of Manchester United! He lives with his grandmother Ageri, who we also filmed, in the same tiny house. Support from his sponsor Paul, and the Kindu Trust, has allowed her to build a tiny bar, and she makes tella, a kind of weak beer, which she sells to locals. Adera looks at me, and asks Marta: “Is this my sponsor, because he is not the man in the photo I have?” He does his best not to look disappointed. Ageri gives us coffee, and injera, and when I hand over the US$50 from Paul, they are very grateful. Adera wants a satellite dish, but his grandmother says that they will spend the money on clothes, and food, including the staple teff to make injera. They are also planning to install a water-tap. Eleven years ago, Paul told Adera to “study hard, and help your grandmother”: I can report that he is doing both. He too has an ambitious plan: he wants to train to be a doctor.


Adera. (By Nick Gray)


Adera and his granmather Ageri. (By Nick Gray)


Adera. (By Nick Gray)

Both boys are impressive: pleasant and good-natured, bright and intelligent. They are excellent examples of the success of sponsorship. With a staff of 18, The Kindu Trust is at present helping 328 families in Gonder; it is a great achievement.

At the end of a very interesting afternoon, Marta, Kibron and I went to the Terrace Bar at the Quara Hotel, and drank smoothies – orange, guava and avocado juice in layers. Delicious!

The Kindu Trust,
Caroline Walker, Sponsorship Coordinator,
Katie Fereday,


Adera and Kibron with Nick. (By Nick Gray)

© Nick Gray
January 2015

January at The Kindu Trust


Last week in numbers

60 children received a hot meal at the Kindu Klub
35 children received a meal at Play Group
60 children used the Kindu Library
16 children played football together
28 of home visits were made by the Sponsorship team

The Kindu children have received their Christmas presents!

Christmas  gift 2015

Christmas gifts 2015


In Ethiopia, Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January. For this special and joyful occasion, sponsors and supporters are invited to send the Kindu Trust children gifts using Creative Giving vouchers. Some of the children received a specific gift from their sponsors. Other Kindu Trust supporters chose to send their presents to children who were most in need. It was then our manager, Marta,who chose who to give the gifts to, according to the kids and their families’ specific needs. The Christmas 2015 presents included blankets, food and materials for Christmas meals, school sets, uniforms and much more. It was a sunny and pleasant Christmas Eve in Gondar when delighted children and mothers came to receive their gifts.

Nigist Ayalew.

Nigist receives her Christmas presents

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Endaweku and Sintayehu show their presents

Endaweku + Sintayehu Mitik.

Endaweku and Sintayehu wear their new pair of shoes

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Aklilu receives his gift

Bayechesh Gebeyaw

Bayechesh and her presents

Ethiopia is getting ready for Timket!

Celebrations in Ethiopia are not over! On the 19th of January, the country will be celebrating Timket, the Ethiopian Orthodox festivity of Epiphany, meant to commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Timket is not just a regular religious festival, as it also represents one of Ethiopia’s most colourful days of the year. Big celebrations will take place all over the country, mostly in cities such as Addis Ababa, Lalibela and Gondar (the home of The Kindu Trust!).Cropped Picture

For this special occasion, a model of the Ark of the Covenant, called the Tabot, will be borne on the streets in a procession. The procession will then culminate with a Mass being celebrated by a pool or a stream, and the water being blessed by the priest and then sprinkled on the people. Some choose to enter the water themselves to renew their baptismal vows, in order to re-enact the moment of the baptism of Jesus.

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In Gondar, people will be heading to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the royal baths to take a dip into the water.
One of the biggest characteristics of Timket are the colourful umbrellas and robes which will be paraded on the streets, wrapping the Tabot and the priests who carry them.

We wish a happy Timket to all of our Ethiopian friends who will be celebrating!

This Fortnight at The Kindu Trust – Late September

Last week in numbers

188 children received new school materials for the new school year!

117 children received a hot meal at the Kindu Trust

84 children used the Kindu Library

73 received educational support at the Kindu Klub

44 toddlers learnt their alphabet at Kindu Playgroup

27 children played football together

16 families received medical support

6 home visits were made by the Sponsorship team


New ovens at the bakery

New ovens at the bakery

The Bakery is Officially ‘Open for Business’!

We’re pleased to announce that The Kindu Trust and Meketa bakery is now open for business! The local authority donated the land and building for the bakery and equipment was selected and brought in from the capital, Addis Ababa, last month by our Project Manager. The staff have attended their vocational training, picking up baking skills as well as business and marketing training.

Mixing machine at the Kindu bakery

Mixing machine at the Kindu bakery

The opening has not been without obstacles as the statutory price of bread was changed and Ethiopia hit a flour shortage shortly after the bakery opened. However, the bakery staff – a team of 10 parents of disadvantaged children in Gondar – have settled into the bakery and are now refining their cooking techniques and introducing themselves to customers in the local area!


Ethiopia Celebrates Meskel!

Another fortnight, another religious festival in Ethiopia! Last week saw the Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrating ‘Meskel’, also known as the ‘Finding of the True Cross’.

The burning cross in Gondar at Meskel

The burning cross in Gondar at Meskel

Meskel takes place on the 26th of September and lasts for two days, the first being Demera when a cross is lit on fire and the second being Meskel when people use ashes from the burnt fire to mark themselves with the cross and celebrate with family and friends.

The festival commemorates the finding of the True Cross many centuries ago when Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, is said to have discovered the True Cross on which Christ was crucified. According to the legend, unable to find the Holy Sepulchre, Empress Helena lit incense and prayed for help. The smoke from the burning fire drifted towards the direction of the buried cross. She dug and found three crosses; one of them was the True Cross used to crucify Jesus Christ. Empress Helena then gave a piece of the True Cross to all churches, including the Ethiopian Church. A fragment of the True Cross is reputedly held at the Gishen Mariam, about 70 kilometers northwest of Dessie.

Ethiopians have been celebrating this day for millennium. The first day, Demera, sees bonfires built topped by a cross to which flowers are tied. The flowers are Meskel Daisies. The Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church orchestrates the lightening ceremony. After the bonfires are blessed, they are lit and dancing and singing begins around them. Priests in full ceremonial dress sing around the bonfire. People often also build smaller versions of the bonfire at their homes.

On the second day, Meskel, people return to the location of the fire to mark themselves with the form of the cross using the ashes and to observe the way in which the ashes and splinters have fallen, which is believed to indicate something about the coming year. This is followed by the sharing of food and drink with family and neighbours as people continue to colourfully celebrate Meskel throughout the day.

The festival of Meskel is celebrated in full colour in Gondar, Ethiopia

The festival of Meskel is celebrated in full colour in Gondar, Ethiopia

This Fortnight at The Kindu Trust – Early September

Last Week in Numbers

110 children attended the Kindu Klub and Playgroup

110 children received a hot meal

77 children used the Kindu library

50 played football

46 young children washed at the Kindu compound

10 home visits were carried out by the Sponsorship team

5 families received medical support

The Kindu Klub Speaks Up!
Contribution by Maria Gerth-Niculescu – A Kindu Trust Ethiopia Volunteer

Last Friday at the Kindu Trust compound – all members of the Kindu Klub gathered together for a meeting under the colourful roof of the Playgroup area.

It was an opportunity for the children to share what sort of improvement or changes they would like to see within the Kindu Klub – a moment for them to speak their minds and see their Kindu Trust experience brought further– not by exterior factors, but by themselves.

It would be wrong to assume that children of such a young age (from seven upwards) are not in a position to hold a constructive meeting. During more than one hour of discussion, no shouting or other type of disorder was to be heard or seen; just an atmosphere of togetherness and mindfulness that could inspire many adults.

Kindu Klub members were invited to tell the adults what they thought.

Kindu Klub members were invited to tell the adults what they thought.

It was striking to see how well everyone was able to listen to each other, while at the same time not being afraid to speak their mind. This allowed smart and constructive ideas to be brought into the circle.

For instance, some children attending private school after the holidays mentioned the fact that they would like to be given the chance to attend more field trips during the weekend. Because they rarely have the time to come to the Kindu Klub during the week, this would enable them to bond more with their Kindu Trust friends and reinforce the group spirit they are longing for.

Others suggested opening the library on Saturdays, where they are able to study in an appropriate and calm environment. Having noticed that the strengths of some might be the weaknesses of others, the children said that they also wanted to organize study groups so that they could help each other out with different school subjects. Many other ideas, such as the creation of a drama club or the implementation of computer-related lessons, were brought up and we hope that, in a couple of months, a new Kindu Trust play will see the light.

The general spirit of solidarity throughout the discussion was truly heart-warming and motivating – both for the children and the staff.  It is now up to us to try to implement these ideas and suggestions. The children did the thinking – The Kindu Trust will now do the practical part of the work through organization and administrative skills.

Happy Enkutatash!

A girl with traditional Enkutatash wild flowers!  Image from

A girl with traditional Enkutatash wild flowers! Image from

September the 11th will officially see Ethiopians across the country celebrating Enkutatash – Ethiopian New Year! On this day they’ll be welcoming in the year 2007, according to the Coptic calendar, which is followed in Ethiopia. The day is celebrated by going to church, sharing food as a family, singing New Year songs and exchanging bouquets of flowers. The bouquets are made of wild yellow flowers which grow in the highland at this time of year, symbolising the end of the rainy season. It is traditional for children to wear new clothes and distribute these flowers and hand painted pictures around the neighbourhood during the 3 days that Enkutatash is celebrated in the Gondar region. We wish a Happy Enkutatash to all the Kindu children and their families in Ethiopia!