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Project information

School building project

We offer a high quality full time education to disadvantaged pupils aged between 3 and 12 in two campuses in the town of Nazret. We currently rent both buildings which are converted houses. We are currently in the process of purchasing land and are now looking for funding for building

3 years

Charity information: Ethiopian Schools for the Poor - English Alive Academy

Ethiopian Schools for the Poor - English Alive Academy logo
  • Need


    Our pupils endure daily hardships rooted in poverty, such as illness and unreliable access to food or clean water. Education is one route out of poverty, with English Alive having small classes and a free or subsidized education for all. But with renting a building, we are constricted with class size and facilities as well as long term stability.


    To secure a complete education for as many pupils as possible and thus provide them with the best chance to break the cycle of poverty they are born into, our own purpose built school is required which will enable us to extend through additional classes as and when is needed as well as having large communal areas such as a school hall / gymnasium.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Aim – To build a purpose built school.


    » 1/. To build a school with educationally appropriate sized classrooms , central hall with sufficient light and indoor toilet facilities.
    » 2/. To offer a free or subsidised education to a minimum of an additional 80 pupils, with an additional 20 pupils a year until school capacity.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the construction of the building .

    Success will be the offering of a free or subsidised education to additional needy pupils.

  • Impact


    The project will give the school stability in ownership of a building rather than renting.
    We will be able to offer a much large school population for those vulnerable children in the area/
    We will have a strengthened school programme due to upgraded school buildings with purpose built areas.
    We will have a safer and more hygienic school environment.


    It is important to complete this project within the time frame since the rent on the current building will expire and thus pupils will need the new school built to transfer to


    We will report to donors through :
    our website
    facebook page

    as well as individual newsletters

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £42,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £42,000 Building cost School building cost

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Mike Pavey £2,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    English Alive Academy is housed in three converted houses in the town of Nazret. With dirt roads outside the schools thriving with cattle, donkeys and camels. English Alive Academy is a world apart, with brightly painted walls and furniture and pupils’ work proudly displayed. The school currently supports the full time education of 260 pupils and employs 21 Ethiopian teachers and staff in a country with rampant unemployment.


    With an Ethiopian adult literacy rate of only 36%, 61% primary school enrolment and a school dropout rate of 82% education is problematic in Ethiopia. Our pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have difficult lives with limited access to food and water- their education at English Alive Academy is their main chance at breaking the cycle of poverty.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ) Since 2004, we have operated the English Alive Academy, a school that delivers high quality, full-time education to disadvantaged children aged 3 – 12 who live in and around the town of Nazret in Ethiopia.We are the only school in the area to offer a free or subsidized education.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Mills

    David is the charity chairman. He has visited the school in Ethiopia on several occasions.

Nursery class

Nursery class

I want my daughter to do more in life than me - I don't want her to end up washing clothes but have a proper job and a proper life