Project information

Provide a Library for a School in Sheno, Ethiopia

LUCIA would like to raise funds to build and equip a library for Saria School in Ethiopia. This would provide access to books and information for 465 pupils at the school which they don't currenly have. It is hoped that the wider community will also benefit from using this facility at weekends.

Estimated 12 months

Charity information: LUCIA (Life Uplifted by Change In Africa)

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  • Need


    Saria school only has 4 classrooms for 465 pupils. At present the Saria region in Woreda has no access to information providing knowledge and enlightenment. This is something LUCIA would like to address. LUCIA believes that education is the answer to lifting people out of poverty. LUCIA further believes that by achieving the 2015 Millennium Goal (MDG) for education it will address and improve most if not all of the other MDGs.


    A library would provide additional teaching and resources not at present available to the children. It would maximise the education opportunity for all members of the community, providing access not only to children at the school but also to the rest of the community who wish to broaden their knowledge. Books on a wide range of relevant subjects will be provided and the focus will not only be on academic achievement but also education on wider issues such as ethical & moral behaviour.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Giving equal opportunities to both boys and girls


    » Girls and boys will have equal access to the facilities and books. Girls are currently disadvantaged as education is not so freely available to them.
    » The community will be able to use the facility out of school hours with access available regardless of age or gender.

    Success will be monitored over a number of years by measuring the number of girls attending school and evaluating their progress. Local NGO and head teacher will monitor this.

    Aim 2

    To help alleviate ignorance and poverty.


    » Use knowledge from books to develop life skills and broaden opportunities to improve commercial prospects.

    Success will be measured through the success of self help groups through local NGO. LUCIA will continue to have a presence within the region.

    Aim 3

    To raise awareness of health issues and harmful practices


    » Educate about sexual and reproductive health, family planning, womens/human rights and provide information on dangers of harmful traditional practices

    Success will be measured through the decrease of female genital mutilation, size of families and gained awareness of human rights.

  • Impact


    Through education there will be more success stories for people running small businesses. Self help groups (cooperatives) will be created to enable both women and men to learn a profession or trade so that more families will be able to support themselves. They will have learnt skills such as banking, saving and investment for the future and will no longer need to use loan companies with excessive interest rates.


    to be completed


    There will be quarterly reports from Ethiopia which will be posted on LUCIA's website There will be an interim visit and report and a final report from LUCIA on completion

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,062

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,903 Construction Construction of building
      £2,135 Equipment Furniture and equipment
      £1,424 Books Books
      £1,890 Monitoring Field trips, monitoring supervision and evaluation
      £1,335 Administration Administration costs (10%)
      £1,335 Contingency Contingency
      £2,040 In kind Community Labour Contribution

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Donation £1,400 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Saria Kebele is one of the 22 kebeles in Basona Worana, North Shoa Zone of the Amhara National Regional State. Basona Worana is one of the twenty Woredas of North Shoa Zone that, in turn, is one of the ten administrative zones of the Amhara National Regional State. The Woreda is located in the middle part of North Shoa Zone. The capital of Basona Worana Woreda, Debre Birhan is 130 Kilometers from Addis Ababa. Saria Kebele is located at 10 kms from Debre Birhan town in the north direction.


    Initially the pupils of Saria School will benefit from having a facility in which to store and use books and other sources of information. The wider community will also benefit from being able to use the library out of school hours and as a result will be able to access knowledge which will enable them to form self help groups which will alleviate poverty in the area

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    LUCIA charity has been working in Ethiopia since 2005 and the team of volunteers has a wealth of expertise and experience in the field for example United Nations and World Feeding Programme.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ms. Kidist Belete

    Executive Director - Developing the Family Together (DFT) Addis Ababa

    Head Teacher Of Saria School

    Head Teacher will select the books and ensure that pupils have ample opportunity to use the library.

    Ethiopia Government Education Office

    The Government will monitor construction standards and on completion provide one librarian and two members of staff.

    Local Community

    The project becomes the personal property of the community as they're involved in its building, running, and management.

Saria School

Saria School