From student to teacher
Ayana Ware became the first ever student to become a teacher at the Costa Foundation school he attended. This incredible achievement demonstrates how the Costa Foundation changes lives, not just for individuals, but for communities. This is Ayana’s story, in his own words.
My name is Ayana Ware, aged 25, born 10 miles away from Dimtu. My father is a coffee farmer with 23 children from two wives. Having 23 children and earning a low income was very difficult. I am the 10th of the 23 children and my older siblings are not educated because there were (and are still are) so many things that need doing before education.
Before, there was no high school near Dimtu, which meant that my hard work at second cycle school was pointless. I was devastated and disappointed. I was destined to stay home as a traditional farmer. But then Dimtu High School was built.
Dimtu has highly qualified teachers, a brilliant learning environment and a great library. All of which helped me study, work hard and score good results to go onto Bule Hora Preparatory School, and then Hawassa University. In 2016, I graduated with a BA Degree in Civic Education and I am now a teacher in my old high school, which makes me feel great and special.
I am so grateful that the Costa Foundation supports coffee-growing rural communities across the world. I’m thankful to all who played a great role in changing our lives. Please keep it up to reach others. The more you help to educate people the less poor they will be. Thank you very much.
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Please keep it up to reach others. The more you help to educate people the less poor they will be.