Shifo High School, Kochore, Ethiopia

This new high school in Kochore District is situated some 448 kms south of Addis Ababa in the Gedeo Zone; bordered on the south by Baya, on the west by Ononicho, on the north by Debo and on the east by Kore. In 2014; the District had a population of circa 156,000 and had 24 First Cycle (infant) schools, 11 Second Cycle (junior) schools but only 1 high school. The drop-out rates post Second Cycle education were therefore in excess of 90% of all students due to this lack of high school facilities.

Shifo High School was officially opened on November 16th 2015 by Gary, Josh and Lydia Entwistle from Cherrytree Bakery

As a part of their own company corporate responsibility programme; Cherrytree Bakery donated funds directly to the Costa Foundation, specifically to fully-fund the new high school in its entirety. Their generous donation covered the cost of construction, equipment, extra-curriculum clubs and materials, water, sanitation and computers for a computer room planned for 2016.

Our sincere thanks go to everyone at Cherrytree Bakery for this wonderful donation, a gesture that will change many lives for the better and one much appreciated by the children teachers, parents and (as can be seen from the images above) the whole community.

Click here for a video of the school opening in 2015


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