The Bailey Charity has also funded delivery of the international primary school curriculum and a senior teacher to the School of St Yared.

By Farnham Herald (Alton Herald) |

HASLEMERE, UK―A pioneering project to transform the lives of disadvantaged Ethiopian children is going from strength to strength, thanks to the commitment of a Haslemere (Surrey, England) couple.

When Beryl and Peter Bailey founded their own private charity, they searched for the cause closest to their hearts. Inspired by Australian Jacqui Gilmour’s charity, Hope for Children, and particularly its ‘School of St Yared’ project in Addis Ababa, the Bailey Charity worked to fund the purchase of a permanent home for the “beacon of light” school.

The School of St Yared, named after the East African country’s patron saint, was founded by a remarkable Ethiopian, Yared Wolde, who was orphaned aged six.

He slept in a drain and lived off leftovers before being taken in by nuns and managed to turn his life around.

In 2009, aged 22, he founded The School of St Yared with support from Hope for Children, to help children like himself from the slums of Addis Ababa.

The school originally opened in a rented compound but needed a permanent home to secure its future.

Following lengthy discussions between the Bailey Charity and state agencies, the Ethiopian authorities offered three sites with disused school buildings, and one with a training center, at minimal cost, from which to expand the project, in an area of the city where need is even greater than that of the current catchment.

The school now offers some of the highest quality education available in Ethiopia to some of the most deprived children in Addis Ababa. The Bailey Charity has also funded delivery of the international primary school curriculum and a senior teacher.

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