At imagine1day, any school we build is done in partnership with the community: right down to the financial costs. To ensure local ownership and pride, we ask the communities themselves to contribute at least 10% of the construction costs.
At Sheni Kondala School, there are no earthquake drills or fire drills – but the students are well-practiced in what to do when it rains.
First comes the deafening noise of the rain bouncing off the corrugated-iron roof, drowning out all noise in the classroom.
Dumey School has seen a roll explosion over the past three years: with 466 previously out-of-school children signing up to learn.
Excitingly – in an area of Ethiopia with unequal gender roles – almost half of the new students are girls.
At imagine1day we believe in the power of people to be leaders, who can create new futures never before possible.
That belief has been the cornerstone of our success and, over the next three days, we begin putting it into action on our largest scale yet.
Hiwot’s daily routine is something few people ever experience, let alone 12-year-olds like herself.
At 6am, the sun rises and she starts the long two-hour walk to school. For four hours, she sits on a rock in her open-air classroom.
Twice a week, under the shade of a tree, Fakia and Jemila meet with their female classmates to discuss everything from menstruation to marriage.
This is the Caro School Girls Club, led by these two vocal young leaders.
Aberash Deriba was just 12 years old when she stood up in court and begged them to stop the marriage her mother was forcing her into.
Thankfully, the court ruled in her favour.
In June last year, the halls of the Vancouver Art Gallery echoed with cheers as 40 cyclists took part in RIDE vs ONE. Their mission was simple: one ride, one hour, one school.
Ten years ago, Mekenisa School was born. Just 20 students attended, taught by one teacher under the shade of a tree.
Abdulnasir was one of those children, a young eight-year-old boy attempting to get an education.
By Alastair Stewart, imagine1day staff
The convoy of cars, packed with imagine1day supporters, takes a turn off the paved highway and begins its 38 kilometre climb up through windy mountainous roads towards the community of Dum.