July 28, 2017
Mr. Yamada visited the children's IT classroom
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Ethiopia donated 30 personal computers to the SOS Children's Village (SOS) on July 28, 2017. The Village's Director, Mr. Lijalem Baileyegn, expressed his gratitude to Mr. Ken Yamada, Chief Representative of JICA, saying "JICA's donation is an exemplary on for other like-minded organizations to play their part in supporting children and youth to become successful and contributing members of the society".
The computers will be used to provide basic IT education to primary school-aged children and the staff is currently working on a curriculum to provide advanced classes for those in high school. In the meantime, since all the students are on vacation, the computers have been made available for those that would like to use them in their leisure time.
JICA Ethiopia is eager to continue working with the Village and believes that education is the key towards moving Ethiopia towards middle-income status. During the hand-over ceremony, Mr. Yamada conveyed his interest in seeing SOS prosper and also touched upon the possibility of furthering the relationship with SOS by possibly recruiting Japanese volunteers to come to Ethiopia and teach at SOS.
SOS Director, Mr. Lijalem is handing Mr. Yamada (on behalf of JICA) a certificate of recognition for the donation.
In March 2016, SOS hosted 13 students from Japan, who were visiting Ethiopia through a Japan Global High School Program of the International Christian University High School. The aim of the project is to expose Japanese students to various ways of life and cultures and for them to also impart their experiences and cultures with students in Ethiopia. JICA was able to facilitate the study tour and is looking forward to hosting another tour in March 2018.
First opened in Ethiopia in 1981, the SOS Children's Village currently has 7 program locations in Ethiopia and cares for 13,000 families in the country. The Addis Ababa program hosts 15 families in individual houses, with 10 children per family. SOS is focused on strengthening families in the community for children who are at risk of losing parental care, as well as, providing alternative care options for those who have already lost parental care through building SOS families.