Stand By Me

Tarike starts school

Ethiopia Thursday, 14 December 2017

In September we welcomed 40 children to our Abdi Academy in Dembi Dollo. They've joined KG1 and have settled into school life, excited at the chance to learn. Support at the Abdi Academy is already making a great difference in Tarike's life.

A new kitchen for the Bethany School

Ethiopia Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A big thank you to the supporters, especially Downshire Primary School, who have contributed to fund a new kitchen at our Bekoji Bethany School, helping us feed 480 kids a day. 

Eight heading to University

Ethiopia Sunday, 29 October 2017

We’re very proud to announce that we are sending 8 students to University from Bekoji. Yoseph, Kasahun, Lidia, Biniam, Eden, Abraham, Rahel and Ephrem are off to study courses such as Engineering, Economics and healthcare. 

From the streets of Dembi Dollo

Ethiopia Monday, 11 September 2017

Orphaned and roaming the streets of Dembi Dollo at five years old, Natinael had a life of hardship that no child should ever experience. We could not walk past him, we had to intervene and thanks to Natinael’s sponsor we are now meeting all his needs.

Outstanding marks in ICT

Ethiopia, Monday, 07 August 2017

In Bekoji, a big step for Stand by Me was opening an ICT lab, the first of its kind in Bekoji where electricity supply is often unreliable. The computer lab is in full use for students of all ages and the children are delighted to gain practical experience with technology. 

13 families start the journey towards self-sufficiency

Ethiopia, Thursday, 11 May 2017

In Bekoji we welcomed 13 families onto our Income Generating Programme, these families are the most needy but also have the strongest desire and ability to work to provide a sustainable income to support their families.

The Mellors move to Bekoji

Ethiopia, Wednesday, 12 April 2017

In 2012 Chris and Fi made their first visit to Ethiopia, little did they know that this short trip would be the catalyst for them, in 2017, to move hundreds of miles away from their home to live in Bekoji, one of the poorest towns in Ethiopia.

Guest blog: February on the floor

Ethiopia, Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Sometimes I have the stupidest great ideas. But there was no going back, I had decided, I’d spend the month of February sleeping on the floor to raise money for beds.

Meet Grace

Ethiopia, Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Grace is one of our kids. She was handed to us in a bundle of rags by a policewoman. But her name wasn't Grace then, in fact, she didn't have a name at all. 

Hope out of hardship

Ethiopia, Wednesday, 01 February 2017

Natinael, age 11, lives in Dembi Dollo in Ethiopia, his story breaks our hearts but thankfully ends in hope. Natinael’s mother was HIV positive and when he was just a young baby, she sadly passed away due to complications from AIDS.

Heading to High School

Ethiopia, Thursday, 19 January 2017

Last year our grade 8 students took their regional exams. It is always a proud moment when we see children who we have given a helping hand, rise out of terrible circumstances and reach a significant point in their education.

HIV food packs give hope

Ethiopia, Thursday, 17 November 2016

The HIV Food Programme is a unique plan for children and their family members living with HIV. Sena’s mother Kumashi tells us how the support of the HIV Food Programme has improved her family’s health and given them hope.

Stand by... almost there...