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Ethiopia trip 2017

We're heading to Bekoji to meet children cared for by Stand by Me and meet some of their current needs

$4,822 raised
34 supporters

This summer we are going to Ethiopia with Stand by Me to see how our support is changing the lives of hundreds of children who have been rescued from extreme poverty and now have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

During our trip we will be able to see the Bethany School where over 500 'at risk' children are receiving a free quality education, daily food and health care. We will also be able to visit the family homes which have been built in order to provide loving care for orphaned and abandoned children to grow up in. 

As well as experiencing the Bekoji project, we will have time to go and see the communities that these children come from, the poverty, but also the hope that a charity like Stand by Me brings.  

We know there are many challenges that these children, their families and their communities face and we are hoping to fundraise as part of our trip to support them. There are a number of current needs so please give whatever you can as it all adds up and will change the lives of amazing children.

£5 – can buy a pair of shoes for a child who doesn’t have any  

£12 – can support a child with HIV and their family with one month’s life saving food, enabling them to keep fit, healthy and well nourished 

£20 – can buy a water filter providing safe drinking water 

£126 – can pay for a child to attend secondary school for a year, having graduated from the Bethany School

£300 – can provide an income generating grant for a very poor family, this will enable them to receive livestock, training and stand on their own two feet

£580 - can provide a water tank for water harvesting 

£15,000 – can provide the money needed to rebuild and extend the school kitchen (ambitious we know) 

Thank you

Lawrie and Sheila Smithson, Anne Philip, David Gilchrist, Peter and Clare Kent, Jon Keel, Cathy Draper, Alison McKelvey and Laura Miller.  

Recent supporters

An anonymous donor gave £560
David Gilchrist gave £20
Mike and Jane gave £25
An anonymous donor gave £50
David Gilchrist gave £150
from a sponsored walk!
David Gilchrist gave £32
When we were in Addis in August I bought some baskets, which I sold on to friends in my Rotary Club: these are the takings!
William McVey gave £30
David Gilchrist gave £40
David Gilchrist gave £500
I had three dinner parties last week for members of my Rotary Club and their wives, and this was the profit! No - I didn't serve Injera, but we did have popcorn with our coffee! (Good Ethiopian coffee that you can buy in Sainsbury's!)
Offline donation gave £1,000
Fundraising from Anne's sponsored walk
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Project Updates

27 July 2017

Anne completed a challenging sponsored walk on the 24th of June, walking 13 miles over 16 bridges in London. 

At the end of the day Anne said she was "exhausted now, but well worth the effort!" 

Thanks to her generous friends and family she raised almost £2,000 to be used for projects the team will be completing on their trip to Bekoji. The projects will help improve the Bethany School and Bekoji Children's Village, providing excellent care and helping children know they are loved. 

20 June 2017

Dessert party

Alison and Laura hosted a dessert party with a feast of yummy treats on offer. 

All involved had a fantastic evening and the party raised an amazing total of £1,320! 

Thank you to all who came along and gave generously. 

Stand by... almost there...