School Heating Project - Anglican Missions

School Heating Project

Jerusalem & The Middle East

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The environment where a child learns matters.

Saviour School is an Anglican school in Zarka, Jordan, serving more than 258 students, including specialised programs for low-vision and blind students. However, their facilities, particularly heating and cooling system, are in desperate need of upgrade. Your Lent donation will go towards new electric heating and cooling units to make their classrooms a better, safer place to learn.

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Read Amlaku’s story.

Words by Ric Foxley.

Amlaku is the youngest of 4 children. His mother died when he was an infant, and he was raised by his sister, Ayal, who was 7 when their mother died. Inspired by another boy in the village he ran away, up to the town of Lalibela, some 8 kms from his village to find an education. He was 12. He lived on the streets, doing odd jobs to earn money for food and schooling.

When we met back in June of 2009, he was one of the guides to the 800 year old carved rock churches of Lalibela. He accompanied me 45 km out of town to see an old church built, not carved, in a cave. It was as we left this extraordinary place that he said to me: “Please Sir, I want to go to University”.

As we travelled together, he told me a little more of this story. The night before we met, he had prayed that God would provide for him a way to move forward. To do his final year, he needed to study full time, and there was no way he could do that, because it would mean he couldn’t earn  money for his food, school fees, etc. That’s where our story started.

Nowadays, Amlaku mostly lives in Lalibela. Despite all of the good work he has been doing in the village over the past few years, none of this actually earns him an income. So, in order to provide for himself,  he studied tourism (a huge growth area in Ethiopia) for 18 months at a local college, and was certificated  in November 2016.

This qualification will equip him to provide guiding services to the many tourists and pilgrims who come to see the ancient churches of Lalibela. His dream is to have his own Tourist Company one day.  He does however continue to visit the village very frequently, working with the local farmers as they adopt the more modern techniques he has been teaching them.

The whole community has committed to his new farming techniques, and the vastly improved crops they are getting now testify to the value of his input. He is also training farmers in neighbouring villages in the same techniques.

Grain and growth.

Education for girls.

Leaders and teaching staff work hard to keep girls on track to graduation so they can take their place as equal members of society. Many families under economic stress will opt to keep sons in school but withdraw their daughters. Scholarships for girls offer a pathway to graduation for many promising young women.

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FAQ

Bricks for Life was set up initially to help a project in India. However, when founder Ric Foxley visited Ethiopia to see the rock temples near Lalibella, and met his tour guide - Amlaku - everything changed. Amlaki took Ric to see the temples and afterwards, in a leap of faith, said “please sir, I want to go to university".

What followed, and is still happening, is an amazing journey of faith, learning, blessing and love, God’s grace, answers to prayer, and new beginnings, opportunities and success for Amlaku and the village of Baregota.
A historically troubled country, Ethiopia is reckoning with a legacy of violent coups, uprisings, famine and war. Most recently, the worst drought in East African history plagued the region in 2011, as the rainy season failed to occur two years in a row.

As the second-most populous country of Africa, Ethiopia is a multilingual and multi-ethnic society, and its capital, Addis Ababa, is considered to be the “political capital of Africa.” The country currently has a population of more than 102 million, up from around 60 million in the year 2000.

Many of its people live in poverty and projects like Bricks For Life offer a dignified and consistent way to assist them.

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