Project information

The Nicolas Secondary School, Mekele, Ethiopia

To construct a Secondary School providing top quality education for children of parents with disabilities resulting from the effects of war and illness in Mekele, Ethiopia. 900 children are already being educated at the Kindergarten and Primary School which we have already built.

June 2010 - September 2015

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 a secondary school these deiadvantaged children can continue their education to the age of 18 and supprt themselves and their families in the future

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To complete the construction of the Secondary School for children of parents with disabilities


    » The following school buildings need to be constructed: library, staff toilets, technical drawing and practical studies classrooms, eating areas
    » Hiring of locally qualified staff with masters degrees or financial support of existing staff to get these qualifications
    » Purchase of equipment and supplies for the school such as furniture, text books and science equipment.

    Success will be a completed building so that the children in grade 10 of the Nicolas School in 2014 can move to complete grades 11 and 12 in September 2014.

  • 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.


    A good track record for building the school exists already with the construction of the Nicolas KG and primary 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: £510,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £35,000 staff toilets eco toilets requiring no water
      £150,000 library for study and eventually e books
      £50,000 laboratory equipmentory for all sciences
      £200,000 practical classes block needs construction
      £30,000 eating areas shaded break out areas for eating and meeting
      £45,000 furniture for all classrooms locally built and purchased furniture
  • 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 the Nicolas Kindergarten and Primary 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

    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 And Management Staff

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

The land for the Nicolas Secondary School

The land for the Nicolas Secondary School