Program Update: Kirkos

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Students at our Kirkos Center have been the recipients of many visitors in the first half of 2014. We had twenty (20) volunteers in February and five (5) in May. Each group brought special life skills, they spent time playing, visiting student homes, and getting to know these students better.

healthheadline Several nurses took time to discuss and teach about infectious diseases, how they spread, and the role of immunization to prevent infection. The kids were very interested in hearing the story of the first vaccine developed by Mr. Louis Pasteur for Rabies, and about immunization programs that now exist to help prevent more diseases.

dance headline.k The students are so welcoming! Culturally, a welcome in Ethiopia means being invited to dance, sing, and have a cup of coffee. The volunteers had lots of time to participate in these activities!

Kirkos Center has a very enthusiastic Dance Club troupe. They have been performing and competing in dance recitals all over the city of Addis. In January, they won the Addis Ababa City Wide Competition, 1st Place Gold Cup. As you can imagine, the whole center is very proud of this dance group.

kirkos art headline The May group helped the students to make special gift flowers out of tissue paper, to give to someone in their life who is a Mother-figure to them. The students loved this special activity.

For many, a staff member of their education center was their Mother figure. The children also wrote a small note to their mother and made little 3 dimensional pictures to finish their gift. The students loved this activity!

kirkos home visit headline Each expedition group takes some time to visit the student’s families. This honors them, and acknowledges their important role in supporting the student in their efforts to attend school fulltime, and to attend the Education Center after school. So far this year, we have had several opportunities to visit with the families of some of the students from the Kirkos Center.

kirkos scholarship headline Many students who used to attend the Kirkos Education Center programs are now in college, university, or technical schools. In February we had the opportunity to gather volunteers and students together to spend an evening visiting, eating, and swimming.

Two former Kirkos Center students received a special grant and award, the Manji-Burghardt Scholarship, for achieving a GPA over 3.8 for the full academic year. This award included a laptop for each student, and $1000 BIRR ($50 USD) grant. These items were presented to them in July, by the Global Youth Expedition team members. The students were surprised and excited to receive it.

It was a great evening to meet together as guests of the Hilton Addis Ababa.

bonding headline All of our volunteers comment on how much they grow to love the students in our programs. It is amazing that in such a short amount of time that a bond of friendship and trust can be forged so strongly. This has been true for our volunteers in 2014.

Kids love to play, have their picture taken, and give out hugs! Many of their games are reminiscent of old time outdoor games we recognize from home. Games like “Red Rover”, “Duck Duck Goose”, “What time is it Mr Wolf?”, each with their own Ethiopian flavor, are loved by everyone!

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Program Update: Kality

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Students in our Kality Program, run at the VCS Love and Hope Center, have been the recipients of many visitors in the first half of 2014. We had twenty (20) volunteers in February and another group of five (5) volunteers in May. Each group brought special life skills, and spent time playing, visiting student homes, and getting to know these students better.

health headline Several nurses took time to discuss and teach about infectious diseases, how they spread, and the role of immunization to prevent infection. The kids were very interested in hearing the story of the first vaccine developed by Mr. Louis Pasteur for Rabies, and about immunization programs that now exist to help prevent more diseases.

grooming activity headline Volunteers had the chance to help students with their personal grooming time on a Saturday. At the common wash up area, many of the students were washing hair, their faces, and were helped along the way.

birthday headline The students at Kality get to celebrate student’s birthdays every 3 months. The March celebration was particularly festive, with dancing, recitations, and LOTS of cake and treats. It was charming to see the students help each other spread cake frosting on their noses and foreheads, traditionally a birthday celebration activity.

art headline The May group helped the students to make special gift flowers out of tissue paper, to give to someone in their life who is a Mother-figure to them. The students loved this special activity. For many, a staff member of their education center was their Mother-figure.
The children also wrote a small note to their mother and made little 3 dimensional pictures to finish their gift.

kality home visit headline Each expedition group takes some time to visit the student’s families. This honors them, and acknowledges their important role in supporting the student in their efforts to attend school fulltime and the Education Center after school.
While home visits can be emotionally challenging for our volunteers, they always report back to us that it is also one of the highlights of their volunteer experience. All student families report to Kids Hope Ethiopia that they LOVE having volunteers visit them personally. We have had the chance to visit several families of the students in the Kality Program so far this year.

dental headline Kality is still working very hard on its dental hygiene program, and volunteers helped encourage students to keep their teeth clean!

renovation headline February volunteers included construction workers from Canada. They helped to paint, fix up and do an overall renewal of the Kality Building. They even taught some of the local center staff how to do these kinds of repairs too! Thanks to their efforts the building looks beautiful!

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Global Youth Expedition: Fun and Games at Kirkos!

We spent our last day at Kirkos Center enjoying the program that the students had put together for us, and playing games together.
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Kirkos Center has a wonderful student dance troupe. They have won city-wide competitions for traditional dance. We were treated to several different cultural dances from them, and it was awesome!
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The older students planned the program out, and had thought up several games to include our Global Youth volunteers in. Such as blowing flour in someone’s face while blindfolded!kirkos.81
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Kirkos also has a very active Drama Club, and this trip they entertained us with several different miming skits. This one was about a burglar – which explains the makeup!kirkos.05
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Egg races! Our Global Youth team didn’t last very long – the students at Kirkos are really good at this!
This was our final day working at the Kirkos Center – playing games and dancing with the students was the perfect way to end our visit there. Thank you Kirkos!

Program Update: Gindo

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Students at our Gindo Center have been the recipients of many visitors in the first half of 2014. We had twenty (20) volunteers in February and others as they have been able to travel the roads during rainy season. Each group brought special life skills, and spent time playing, visiting student homes, getting to know these students better.

wheelchair headline Thanks to generous donations of volunteers, Abate from the Gindo Center was able to have a wheelchair specially measured and made for him. With the chair, came a tutoring course, and specialized tools so he can repair and care for this chair on his own. Abate will graduate this year from the center, as he is now 19 years old. Center staff have been working with him to learn a skill so he can run his own little business. Being off the ground, and mobile are HUGE improvements for his life. THANK YOU to the Gindo Center staff and volunteers who have made this dream come true for Abate. Equal with the others!

underwear headline Personal grooming kits were given to each student as part of the February expedition group. Students, and staff happily accepted new socks, underwear, t-shirt, candy, and a toothbrush.

methanex headline In the fall of 2013, Methanex sponsored a Global Awareness challenge with a high school in Medicine Hat. Challenging the students to come up with a solution to a need in Gindo that could be helped with a budget of $1000. The outcome of this challenge was a solar powered light project, that is now providing light to 10 families in the Gindo area. The students had a fun time in February creating thank you banners for both Methanex and the participating students.

Gindo art headline The May group helped the students to make special gift flowers out of tissue paper, to give to someone in their life who is a Mother-figure to them. The students loved this special activity. For many, a staff member of their education center was their Mother figure. The children also wrote a small note to their mother and made little 3 dimensional pictures to finish their gift. These gifts were beautiful, and the students were excited to make them.

Gindo home visit headline Each expedition group takes some time to visit the student’s families. This honors them, and acknowledges their important role in supporting the student in their efforts to attend school fulltime, and to attend the Education Center after school. Throughout the past 6 months, we have visited several of the families of students in the Gindo Center.

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Program Update: Alemgena and Guelele

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Students at both our Alemgena and Guelele Centers have been the recipients of many visitors in the first half of 2014. We had twenty (20) volunteers in February and another group of five (5) volunteers in May. Each group brought special life skills, and spent time playing, visiting student homes, getting to know these two centers better.

healthheadline Several nurses took time to discuss and teach about infectious diseases, how they spread, and the role of immunization to prevent infection. The kids were very interested in hearing the story of the first vaccine developed by Mr. Louis Pasteur for Rabies, and about immunizations programs that now exist to help prevent more diseases.

firstaidheadline A second team of nurses worked with students to help them understand some basic principles of First Aid, how to make a sling, put on bandages, and stop excessive bleeding. This picture shows a real honest effort by a group of Grade 2 students to put a sling on their classmate. They eventually learned how to do the classic sling to perfection.

cultureheadline The students are so welcoming! Culturally, a welcome in Ethiopia means being invited to dance, sing, and have a cup of coffee. The volunteers had lots of time to participate in these activities! Using an empty jerry can for a drum, students all join in singing and others teach volunteers how to shake their shoulders in the traditional manner that is basic to all Ethiopian cultural dance.

mothersdayheadline The May group helped the students to make special gift flowers out of tissue paper, to give to someone in their life who is a Mother-figure to them.The students loved this special activity. For many, a staff member of their education center was their Mother-figure.The children also wrote a small note to their mother and made little 3 dimensional pictures to finish their gift. The students loved this activity!

homevisitheadline Each expedition group takes some time to visit the student’s families. This honors the family by acknowledging their important role in supporting the student in their efforts to attend school full-time and to attend the Education Center after school.

While home visits can be emotionally challenging for our volunteers, they always report back to us that it is also one of the highlights of their volunteer experience. All student families report to Kids Hope Ethiopia that they LOVE having volunteers visit them personally.

annualmedicalheadline Students at both Alemgena and Guelele had annual physicals completed with the help of volunteer nurses and doctors. For many of the new students coming into Guelele and Alemgena, this was their first experience to have a doctor see them. At first they were nervous, but that quickly faded with the help of our friendly and caring medical volunteers.

All the students are spending their summer preparing for the upcoming school year, and were also visited by the Global Youth Expedition in July.

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Global Youth Expedition: First day at Kirkos Center

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We were greeted by the students at the Kirkos Center with warm smiles and lots of excitement! The Kirkos Center is very proud of their Dance Club, and were very happy to perform many different dances for us during the 3 days we spent with them.
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Our first presentation was given by two of our Global Youth Expedition team members. They taught about the importance of keeping our environment clean, and different ways we can recycle and reuse to reduce our waste.
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In the afternoon, we made animal masks to go with the story we read with the students. Mice, cats, dogs, and hens – all of them covered in glitter!

Global Youth Expedition: Field trip with Kality

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We spent a day joining a field trip with the students of the Kality Program. We met at the top of a mountain, Entoto Mariam, and toured a museum featuring the history of Ethiopia, admired this beautiful old church, and visited the former palace residence of the old Emperors of Ethiopia.entoto.02
It was a beautiful day for our outing! We loved having the sunshine.entoto.03
The palace is not all that large – but beautifully built. They still use the grounds for farming, and you can see that a section of the yard has been plowed for planting crops.kality.04
The students had a great time! And they love having their picture taken.kality.05

Creating Global Youth

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We are excited to start a new opportunity this year – our first annual award from MNP for the Global Youth Citizen Award. This award is open to high school students, who can apply to our office to be eligible. The winner receives a trip with Kids Hope Ethiopia during our summer Global Youth Expedition in July.

The Global Youth Expedition is a special opportunity for young adults aged 16-25 to travel together and work with the students in our Education Support Centers in Africa.

One purpose of the 2014 Global Youth Expedition is an exchange between North American Culture and Ethiopian Culture. The students in our Education Support Centers will be excited to learn about North America, and our Student Volunteers will each be giving small presentations about their lives in North America, their family, heritage, and the city they are from.

Other special activities we have planned this year are community service projects organized by the students and program managers in Ethiopia, a Soccer Tournament Day, Scavenger Hunt, Field trips, and a small Theatre or Skit day.

Congratulations to Cherilyn for winning the Global Youth Citizen Award this year – we look forward to having her with us in July with a great group of youth who are making a difference!

If you have any questions about expeditions, or about the award, please contact our office.