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£895raised of £500 target by 34 supporters

    Weʼve raised £895 to One Pen & One Book for rural Ethiopian Children

    Southampton, United Kingdom
    Funded on Wednesday, 31st May 2017

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    “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” Malala Yousafzai

    A rural teacher sent me the attached picture and I’m well aware of the grim realities of kids. Etse and I are going to Ethiopia in June 2017 and we aim to take pen, pencils (stationery) from here. Plus, we’ve decided to donate £500 from our own savings which would have been spent on a wedding. We will use this money to buy books which are published locally in Ethiopia. A pen or a book has more than its material significance - it inspires, motivates and encourages children to learn to read and write - we know it's a powerful tool. So join us in helping remote rural children in Ethiopia with stationery and books.

    The pen, they say, is “mightier than the sword”. It literally is – you know the Malala story and how education empowers girls and boys to demand and stand for their rights. Education is the most effective way to achieve equality.

    I, Getaneh, am a witness to the power of just a single book. My life changed forever when my father, Agegn Alemu, a farmer in a remote northern Ethiopia village, took me to a school which he himself helped to build. Forget the 90 minutes long walk to school every morning, the scorching sun and the poverty then but I'll never forget my first book which was a small English to Amharic dictionary that my father brought me from somewhere, which had its beginning and ending pages torn apart and missing, nonetheless that was my first book.

    NO COFFEE IN MAY. For this cause, though I'm a coffee lover and addict, I plan to cut ALL coffee for the whole month of May 2017. I will use the money to buy books for kids. I hereby ask you to DONATE any PENS, PENCILS and any amount of MONEY to buy books published in Ethiopia and I can assure you I'll personally distribute it to the kids themselves.

    Yes, one pen and one book can change a child's life forever, it did mine.

    Thank you,

    Dr Getaneh Alemu
    Mobile: 07540097109
    Email: getaneh@gmail.com

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    • Getaneh Alemu1 year ago
      Getaneh Alemu

      Getaneh Alemu

      1 year ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Dear all, Our target was 500 but look what you have done. With your generosity we raised £895 which means a lot to these kids in Ethiopia. We are encouraged to do more in the future. We will be back with pictures and stories of the children. Thank you Getaneh

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    • Getaneh Alemu1 year ago
      Getaneh Alemu

      Getaneh Alemu

      1 year ago

      BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR EXCEEDING OUR EXPECTATIONS Today is May 31st 2017, the last day of donations and you've all shown an amazing generosity and kindness to help rural Ethiopian children in their need. Etse and I will ensure every penny is spent on the causes we promised - to buy books and help build a library collection in two schools in rural and remote parts of Gondar, Ethiopia. We are going to report from Ethiopia and share their stories, photos and happy faces. Thank you all. Getaneh and Etse

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    • Getaneh Alemu2 years ago
      Getaneh Alemu

      Getaneh Alemu

      2 years ago

      Dears, A very big thank you for the donations you’ve made : £355 raised of the £500 target. No coffee since May 1st. I’ve had some headache after 5:00 pm and in evenings. I never expected coffee, my favourite beverage, my past time friend, so much so that I even made it a cover image for my book on metadata, would do this damage to me that its withdrawal is having huge side effects. Its absence is deeply felt. But the cause is going strong. We’ll soon reach our target. Please spread the word. Many thanks Getaneh

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    34

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 31, 2017

      Very nice of you to do that Getaneh ! Hope you have a great time ! Keep on making the world a better place !

      £10.00

    • Evi Sidiropoulou

      Evi Sidiropoulou

      May 31, 2017

      We are all very proud of you! Don't have too much coffee tomorrow ;)

      £10.00

    • Haana Zerai

      Haana Zerai

      May 31, 2017

      £30.00

    • Katherine Howard

      Katherine Howard

      May 31, 2017

      Lovely gesture Getaneh and Simon. Hope this helps!

      £100.00

    • Nathanael Tilahun

      Nathanael Tilahun

      May 24, 2017

      Full support behind you. God bless you.

      £20.00

    • Tigist  Affine

      Tigist Affine

      May 23, 2017

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 23, 2017

      You will change lives with this great project.

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    Getaneh Alemu

    Getaneh Alemu

    Southampton, United Kingdom

    I'm Getaneh Alemu (PhD), currently working as head of the cataloguing & metadata team at Southampton Solent University. Born in Ethiopia, the birthplace of the coffee bean, I'm passionate about books and libraries. I believe in the transforming power of literacy and education.

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