Cian Egenton (from Dunderry, Ireland) spent almost three weeks working in the town of Ambo and since his return says he really wants to go back some day.

By Ann Casey (Meath Chronicle) |

A Dunderry (southern Ireland) teenager has just returned from Ethiopia where he had the experience of a lifetime working in a rural school in the African country.

Cian Egenton, a son of William and Mary Egenton, spent almost three weeks working in the poverty-stricken community of Ambo and since his return says he really wants to go back some day.

Cian is a student of Castleknock College and will be starting sixth year in September.

He was one of eight Castleknock College students selected to travel to Ethiopia as part of the Vincentian Lay Missionary (VLM) project that is run in the school each year. Another Meath student who travelled with him was Emmet Reilly from Ratoath.

While in Ethiopia, Cian and Emmet worked in a school for two weeks teaching primary school children and also carried out a number of visits to important projects being run by the VLM in Ambo, including the opening of a new classroom in a leprosy colony.

Cian raised over €3,000 for the project with the help of family, friends, Dunderry GAA, Dunderry Fair and the wider Dunderry community, as well as supporters in the Navan and Trim areas. Over 260 people attended a coffee morning in the Egenton’s home in Dunderry to raise the necessary funds for the charity. Cian plays with the Dunderry U17’s and was very grateful for the support that he got from his team mates and the Dunderry GAA club where he has played football for many years.

He is also grateful to his friends in Navan Rugby Club and Navan AC for all their help.

The school in Ambo was built by the Vincentian missionaries and most of the fund raising for it was carried out in Ireland, particularly in Castleknock College and nearby St Paul’s Primary School.

Cian Egenton’s Ethiopia adventure began on 24th June when he flew from Dublin airport to Addis Ababa, but he had to put in a lot of work to get the opportunity in the first place.

Every year, eight students are chosen at the end of fifth year to travel to Ethiopia with the VLM.

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