- Grant for furniture and books for Saria School Library, Ethiopia
- One-year grant of £3,915 in 2013
Life Uplifted by Change in Africa is a small volunteer-run charity whose goal is to improve the lives of women and children in Ethiopia through local projects encouraging long term growth and development.
In 2012 LUCIA committed to building a library at Saria School in Basona Worena Woreda, 130 kilometres north of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On field visits to the school LUCIA volunteers had been overwhelmed by the children’s burning desire to learn and get an education, with children walking up to two miles to school over a very rugged terrain LUCIA believed that investment in a library would help improve the children’s education and allow them to make informed decisions about their own future.
Saria School had 450 pupils, 5 teachers, 4 classrooms, and no electricity or running water. There were very few books. The grant from BFSS changed this, allowing LUCIA to furnish and stock the shelves of the library with a range of reference, text and story books. It also funded the purchase of desks, chairs and shelving.
The new library is everything LUCIA could have hoped for. The local community worked so hard to build the library in such a short time and under difficult conditions – the ground was rock hard and they had no machinery to help them dig out or mix the mortar. LUCIA believes this is a testament to the community desire to educate their children. Aligned with the school classrooms and the rest of the campus, the building is aesthetically pleasing and well planned. The inside of the library is very light, with inviting wooden desks and shelves filled with Amharic and English books. It really is a place that inspires children to learn and develop. To see the report on the project, click here Saria-Primary-School-for-BFSS-final-report.pdf