Since it was founded in 2009, the School of St Yared has provided a world class education free of charge to some of the poorest and brightest children in Addis Ababa. They teach their students skills that will enable them to become the future leaders of their communities, capable of lifting themselves and those around them out of poverty. Each child’s education is sponsored by donors, and all fundraising is done through dedicated volunteers.
As the school grows, there is increasing need to tell more people about its amazing work in order to secure much needed funds for its future. I will spend June 2016 helping them develop strategies to raise awareness of their work, engage new sponsors and increase their financial sustainability.
This project has been made possible through The International Exchange – an organisation that links communications professionals with social initiatives around the world. It’s an opportunity to use my skills for social good and learn immeasurably from the experience of doing so. I can’t wait to get started!