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Wote Yirgacheffe

The Costa Foundation’s second school in Yirgacheffe features six fully furnished classrooms and a fully stocked library.

Yirgachefe is one of 77 districts in the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region of Ethiopia, part of the Gede’o zone, and has a population of circa 198,000 people. 89% of the people here live in rural areas, of which 82% are of the Gede’o tribe, the remainder being of different ethnic groups. 72% of the community depend on agriculture for income, primarily growing coffee, maize, cassava and beans.

Following the success of the second cycle school at Adame Yirgacheffe built in 2011, the Costa Foundation identified Wote community as the next priority for a new school. The previous structures were found to have leaking rooves, no furniture, dirt floors, and inadequate equipment, resulting in a lack of teachers and a very poor environment for children to learn in.

The new school opened in September 2013 and offers six fully furnished classrooms, a stocked and comfortable library, fresh water, sanitation and electricity. The entire community was present at the opening of the school, and celebrations were filled with singing and dancing and enjoyed by children and adults alike.