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Project information

The Nicolas Robinson School, Mekele, Ethiopia

To continue to provide the best quality teaching and facilities for the most disadvantaged children to help them break the cycle of peoverty. 1,400 children are being educated from Kindergarten to grade 12 with all students to date passing to University. Graded the best school in Tigray.

Continuous upgrading and improvement

Charity information: Rainbows4Children (UK) Trust

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  • Need


    Ethiopia is strongly supportive of the Millennium Development Goals and wants to ensure that all children, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling by 2015. Despite an energetic building programme, there are not enough resources to build the schools needed, particularly in the growing urban environments. Our focus is to provide the best possible education for those least able to afford it.


    To give opportunities for the future where none exist today. The Nicolas School gives priority to educating children of parents with disabilities resulting from the effects of war and illness, who as a result often live in conditions of poverty.By building the School these disadvantaged children can be educated at the highest standard from kindergarten to grade 12 giving them the best possible chance of good careers and the ability to support themselves and their families in the future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To continue the education of disadvantaged young people at the highest quality level


    » A library needs to be constructed and the campus grounds need to be landscaped to be orderly and fully wheelchair accessible
    » Hiring of locally qualified staff with masters degrees or financial support of existing staff to upgrade to these qualifications
    » Purchase of equipment and supplies for the school such as furniture, text books and science equipment.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the continuation of the school of 1,400 students, being educated with a graduation to university or technical training for all students who have the ability

  • Impact


    Education of the highest level in good quality facilities will be available for the poorest children of the community. This will enable the children to move on to University or College or technical training to eventually find employment and be able to support themselves and their families. Thise who do not have the interest or have academic inclination will be helped to find their individual talent and given the chance to benefit and exploit that talent.


    A good track record for building the school exists already and so far $5 million have been invested in the construction and development of the Nicolas Robinson School. We work with our local partners, the Tigray Disabled Veterans Association. They are a recognised NGO and have a good track record as our partners. They bring in the partnership of the local community and administration. This keeps any risk of budget and timing variability to a minimum


    We will send regular progress reports and financial updates as money is sent to Ethiopia for each stage of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 library for study and eventually e books
      £150,000 running costs Costs not covered by school fees and sponsorship programmes
  • Background


    The town of Mekele, in Tigray, northern Ethiopia


    The region of Tigray has suffered through the civil war which finished in 1991 and also more recently the conflict with Eritrea. The town of Mekele is growing and there are insufficient schools to enable all children of school age to be educated. Our aim is to give priority to educating children of parents with disabilities resulting from the effects of war and illness, and who, as a result, often live in conditions of poverty.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have already built and are operating the Nicolas Robinson School in Mekele with our partners the TDVA and so we know the location, have relationships with the municipality and the beneficiaries as well as a good track record of working with local contractors and construction engineers. We need funding for an interim period until we can ensure sustainability through the endeavours of our first generation of graduates giving back.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tigray Disabled Veterans Asociation (TDVA)

    The TDVA are a local NGO and are our partners in Mekele who manage the project on a day to day basis

    Max Robinson

    Max Robinson is President and founder of Rainbows4Children and supervises strategic direction, management of the project and fundraising

    Kathryn Robinson

    Kathryn Robinson is co-founder of Rainbows4Children and supervises strategy, management of the project, fundraising and administrative tasks.

    Teaching (80) And Management Staff (15)

    These are the staff at the school whose quality of teaching and management will provide the quality of education that is needed to achieve the goals

The land for the Nicolas Secondary School

The land for the Nicolas Secondary School