DIMTU HAMBELA HIGH SCHOOL

Dimtu Hambela High School, Hambela Warana, Ethiopia

Following the successful completion of Kilenso Rasa high school, the Costa Foundation started work on its second Ethiopian project in November 2008 and the school opened its doors to over 900 students in February 2010.

Dimtu Hambela was the first ever high school in this region and, thanks to the Costa Foundation, it now boasts two classroom blocks with a total of eight, fully furnished classrooms and sanitation blocks, all of which have positively changed the lives and aided the learning of all its pupils and the 14 full time and 4 part time teachers.

Our high school projects in Ethiopia all operate a two-shift lesson system whereby half of the students attend lessons in the morning and help their parents on the farm in the afternoon and the other half attend afternoon lessons having helped their parents on the farm in the morning. This is why the schools are able to educate up to 960 children per year.
The pupils attending Dimtu Hambela high school come from 16 different feeder schools within a 35 km (21 mile) radius. For many of the parents living within this community, their children can now enjoy opportunities that they themselves never had and as a result many parents have attended adult evening classes to make up for lost time.

Hambela Warana lies 447 kms (277 miles) south west of Addis Ababa within the Oromia Region. With a population of circa 2,300 it is a coffee growing region producing fine Arabica coffee supplemented by bananas, maize and inset. 100% of the farmers within this community own less than one hectare of land.

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