Why? The Ethiopian Rural Education Project (EREP) addresses the school-less vacuum in rural Ethiopia. There, illiteracy is high, but not out of choice. One common feature throughout the area where EREP operates is the desire for education. Ethiopians, in general, place a high value on education, and so we find in remote areas where lack of transportation denies access, the population is eager for an EREP school to be established.
To date, EREP has established two model schools in remote villages. Although each school has two rooms, they already are overcrowded. And adults in the villages frequently ask when the adult education classes will begin. In addition, three towns have adopted the EREP model and established schools within their towns. But the real focus of EREP is to bring educational opportunity to remote areas that do not have a school within walking distance of small children. We know where those places are, and we continually seek the resources needed to accomplish our vision.
As you read our website, please keep in mind the scale of impact that you can have on just one school where $1,000 pays the annual salary of a teacher. Other costs are similarly less expensive than what is common in the United States or other western countries. The effect you can have on several hundred children is great.
Yes, you can help provide educational opportunity. You can make a difference! You decide how.
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