Completed Kindergarten Building at Walaj School

A delegation from Corvallis, Oregon has departed for Gondar, Ethiopia! They will be actively meeting with Gondar’s community leaders, in an effort to strengthen the Sister City relationship between the two cities.

The focus of this delegation is the dedication of the new Kindergarten at Walaj School, collaboration with the teachers and students in Gondar, and development of a Sister School relationship between Wilson School (Corvallis) and Walaj School (Gondar).

This delegation includes two educators from Wilson Elementary School, three students, four retired Corvallis educators, and a representative from World’s Children.

Also having made the journey to Gondar are 22 suitcases of donations: Bi-lingual (Amharic and English) books illustrated by the Wilson School 5th graders, over 500 friendship bracelets made by Wilson students and a photo book about Wilson students, other sets of donated books, 10 laptops donated by OSU, various school supplies, 24 soccer balls and 2 hand pumps, soccer jerseys, frisbees, back packs, and children’s clothing.

We are excited to learn how the new kindergarten will help to advance early childhood education in Gondar and how we can continue to partner with the people of Gondar through various shared projects and pursuits.

To read more about our Kindergarten Project, including teacher training, funding, construction, and our partnership with Link Ethiopia, click here.