AASDO-SWEEP Book Partnership in Ethiopia
Chilalo Terrara/Ras Darge Students and Campus
Your donation to the AASDO/SWEEP Book Partnership in Ethiopia will help thousands of students in Ethiopia can gain access to books and improve their future through education. We are a collaborative group of people knit together by the common bond of bringing books to Ethiopia.  In 2008, we distributed about 25,000 books to 9 schools, youth centers, community libraries, and universities in Addis Ababa and rural areas of the country. We work at the grassroots level with the residents of poor communities, school principals, and local organizations to distribute the books, develop library space, and provide access to reading rooms.  Our efforts are completely voluntary. You can read about our previous work in distributing books through the Gedam Sefer Community University Partnership at http://www.aboutsweep.org/BooksForAfrica3-Report-08.pdf This current fundraising effort will benefit more than 10 different schools and projects in Ethiopia.  Our collaboration includes:

Assella-Arsi School Development Organization (AASDO) plans to improve K-12 programs in Assella/Arsi Ethiopia by providing vital educational resources such as textbooks, solar powered pocket calculators and computers. This year we plan to send 6000 books to Chilalo Terara Preparatory School. Contact: Abebe Kebede Abkebede@gmail.com or visit http://sirius-c.ncat.edu/asn/Africa-K12/Ethiopia-K12/index.html

The Social Work Education in Ethiopia Partnership (SWEEP) works to improve education, research, training and service delivery in Ethiopia. This year we plan to send and distribute 14,000 books to schools, community libraries and youth centers in collaboration with Children Aid –Ethiopia (CHAD-ET) and the Gedam Sefer Community University Partnership. Contact: Alice Butterfield akj@uic.edu  or visit http://www.aboutsweep.org

About 99% of the schools in Ethiopia have no library, and more than 57% of the people over the age of 15 are illiterate.  However, in recent years, the country has made great strides in improving access to education for girls and poor children, and improving the quality of education through improvements in higher education. English language education begins in elementary school, and high school and college courses are taught in English.  Thus, there is a great need for books for classroom and library use.   For more information about this collaborative project, please contact Alice K. Butterfield at akj@uic.edu or Abebe Kebede abkebede@gmail.com