Legacy Builder Mary Anna Noveck on one of her visits to Ethiopia.

Filangur School

With dirt floors, walls made of mud, and wooden logs standing in for chairs, the classroom environment in Filangur is far from conducive for learning. The open-air rooms lack basic learning necessities – students don’t even have desks on which to write. Infrastructure is not the only hurdle students face: their educational materials are inadequate, and their teachers lack the skills to engage them in quality learning.

The current classroom at Filangur School.
The current classroom at Filangur School.

The local community is enthusiastic about making Filangur Primary School an important, accessible, and high-quality component of their commitment to education. Together, we will address key factors in establishing the best environment for students to thrive. From building latrines to training teachers, our combined efforts will impacts generations to come.

2017 will mark Year 1 of this amazing project, Join us on our three-year investment in tangible results. We are so excited to collaborate in such an inspiring environment, and to help create the conditions for Filangur’s substantial and sustainable success.

See where Filangur is on Google Maps.

A new school and an incredible legacy

Portrait of Irma Lyons.
Irma Lyons

Irma Lyons was a visionary and compassionate educator who positively touched the lives of countless children and their families in New York, Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

To celebrate the life of Irma, her friends and family will fund a new primary school in Ethiopia’s Filangur community, to be built by April 2017.

Taina and JA-Lamar
Taina and JA-Lamar

The school project will live on as a powerful legacy for Irma’s husband, children, past students, families, and friends. They will provide countless out of school children living in one of the poorest nations in the world the opportunity to go to school and have access to a quality education for generations to come.

Join in this mission by becoming one of the legacy builders. Be a person who nourishes the hopes and dreams of others to create a better world. Together, we are building a school to help thousands of children in Ethiopia realize their hopes and dreams of getting an education.

This project is led by imagine1day USA Foundation board member Mary Anna Noveck (pictured above in Ethiopia) and Irma’s children, Taina and JA-Lamar Lyons.


You can make a difference.

Your contribution will help build a new primary school in Southern Ethiopia. Be part of this project by:

  • Raising $10,000 and traveling to Ethiopia in April, 2017 on an imagine1day journey with a group of extraordinary people, or
  • Supporting Filangur School and those travelling to inaugurate it.

Travel to Ethiopia

Sign up or contact Mary Anna for more details on +1.310.463.4055 or by email.

Download the Participant Registration and Fine Print documents.

Curious what a trip to Ethiopia with imagine1day is like? Check out what previous participants had to say:

% To our goal of $130,000

We've broken ground!

We’ve broken ground on Filangur Primary School, laying the foundations for generations of kids getting a quality education – and a legacy for Irma Lyons. Thanks to the 300+ donors who have made the start of construction possible

Donate by check

If you would prefer to donate by check, please make your check payable to “imagine1day USA Foundation” at 604 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica, California, 90401. Please indicate that your donation is towards the Irma Lyons Legacy Project.

The imagine1day USA Foundation is a US 501(c)(3) (Tax ID 46-0983910). We issue charitable tax receipts for check donations over $20.