Liqa Public School is a secondary school for Talents in Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia. ISOB helps the school since its start in 2007. The school has improved a lot due to dedicated owners and teachers. One of their challenges is to find housing for students who come from remote villages. Apart from a small dormitory for 32 girls the students rented rooms in town. You can imagine that this is unsafe for the young students, especially for girls who are all under 18 years old.
The women club Soroptimist West-Betuwe sponsor the girls dormitory
After ISOB had presented the dormitory project to the women of the Soroptimistsclub West-Betuwe they enthusiastically sponsored the girls. Fundraising took place during the yearly Blossom Cycle Tour on in 2017 and in April 2018. With the proceeds the women club sponsor more than 40 girls with their dorm needs in 2017-18. THANK YOU!
Cheque of 3500 euro, officially handed over by the women:
The Liqa school will spend the donation on furnishing the girls dormitory. They plan to admit 50 new girls to their school in the academic year 2018-19.
Left: Soroptimistclub publication in the newspaper. right: coffee ceremony during the sponsored cycle tour in 2018.
In 2016 the Liqa School constructed two new dormitories - Quite an achievement!
Two new G2 blocks provide a safe sleeping environment for 120 female and 120 male students. Each block has 6 boarding rooms and each unit will board 20 students. Each block has a community room at the basement. Sanitation is outside the building.
ISOB Foundation helps the Liqa School with furnishing the dorms
To run the dormitories items such as blankets, bed sheets, mattresses, cupboards, tables, chairs, pillows and pillow cases are needed. The total budget for furnishing both dormitory blocks is around € 32.440.- ISOB contributed a total of € 21.345.- in the year 2017.Here you can download the Results report of 2017 (in dutch).
We are very thankful for the support of the Soroptimists and the below mentioned donors.
Other donors sponsoring both the girls and boys dorms
- Stichting Wees een Kans sponsored 3 sleeping units, a total of 60 students get a safe sleeping place, May 2017.
- W. M. DE HOOP Stichting sponsored 2 sleeping units for a total of 40 students, July 2017.
- RK Par. Paus Johannes XXIII in HOUTEN collected in their Church for the Liqa Dormitories, February 2017.
- Haella Fonds sponsored one sleeping unit for another 20 students, September 2017.
- De Johanna-Donk-Grote-Stichting sponsored one sleeping unit for another 20 students, September 2017.
- Marthe van Rijswijck Foundation sponsored one more sleeping unit, December 2017.
The Liqa School immediately started purchasing the furniture. In September 2017 already 100 girls and a number of boys could live in the new dorms.
10th year Aniversary of the Wolaitta Liqa School, 21 October 2017
The first event of the 10th Year Anniversary was the opening of the newly built women dormitory by the "First Lady, H.E. Wzro Roman Tesfaye". The guests walked to the girls' dormitories early in the morning. Everyone was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the "Wzro Roman Tesfaye". Once arrived she cut of the ribbon and everyone was allowed inside to admire the brand new rooms of the girls who welcomed us in an excited mood.
Official opening of the Women dormitory by H.E. Wzro Roman Tesfaye
Girls are welcoming the guest to have a look inside. During her speech Wzro Roman Tesfaye stresses the need of educating girls!
Inside the rooms. Girls with flags of the Soroptimist club West-Betuwe.
December 2017, over 200 students are sleeping in their new rooms.
ISOB has contributed just over 65% of the total budget needed. Wolaitta Development Association, the owner of the Liqa School, have organised fundraising activities such as a sponsored run and a lottery to raise the other 35%. So far WODA hasn't raised enough to buy all the furniture. There are still some empty rooms in the dormitories. Any extra contributions are welcome!
Guest during the 10th Year Aniversary of the Liqa School.
Short term and Long term Effects of the dormitory services
- 120 girls and 120 boys no longer have to live lonely at various addresses in the city. They are housed in a protected environment at the Liqa School compound.
- School dropouts and psychological problems due to the old living condition will be reduced.
- The Liqa School can better guide the students when they live together at the school compound.
- Security and social cohesion are increasing. Lifelong friendships and networks will be created.
- More students get good results and pass the national exams.
- The parents of the pupils worry less and leave their children at school longer.
- In the long run, more girls will study at the Liqa School and take their exams.
Exhibition during the celebrations. Right: Wzro Roman Tesfaye handing over a Certificate to Anneke.
Background of the Wollaita Liqa School
"Wolaitta Liqa School, a public secondary school in Wolaitta Sodo in Southern Ethiopia, has been established in 2007 by WoDA. The school is serving + 560 students by fulfilling their educational, medical, dormitory, feeding and other services. Among them are at least 200 OVC (orphan vulnerable children) and poor students who are described as "needy".
Some remarkable achievements of the Liqa School
The school is modeled to be the center of Excellency in which different research based teaching learning methodologies are initiated. In 2014 the school became known as one of the Best Schools in the Southern Region in providing quality education for those who are best in their performance but orphan and vulnerable students of Wolaita Zone.
- During the national Exams 2014 LIQA School became the secondary school in Ethiopia with the highest results.
- In 2015 academic year all 78 students who took the Ethiopian Higher Institutions entrance examination passed the exam with very good result.
- One of the students scored 646 out of 700.
intake process / enrolling students
• The school selects outstanding students from 12 districts and three town administrations of Wolaitta Zone.
• Those who are affected by economic problems or who are orphan and vulnerable to poverty have equal opportunities.
• The students are selected by the collaborative work of the school and different government line offices.
• Students are given an entrance examination to check their talents, motivation and academic capabilities.
The reason why the school follow all these steps to enroll is that WODA cannot afford for all students because of its financial incapability.
ISOB's involvement in the Wollaita LIQA School
ISOB Foundation helps the LIQA School since the school opened its doors in 2007 (2000 EC) for the first time.
At the beginning we donated study books and computers. Later we provided funds for the furnishing of class rooms, a canteen and the library. We helped with the provisioning of equipment for labs. In 2010 we started sponsoring 12 needy students. This number has increased to 22. In 2012-2014 we helped with providing sleeping materials, shoes and school materials for 300 needy students. Now we are helping the furnishing the newly built dorms.
ISOB sponsors 22 needy students with the help of sponsors in the Netherlands
Currently ISOB sponsors 22 OVC (Orphan Vulnerable Children) of the School with the help of our donors. Hence, the school expresses heartfelt gratitude on the behalf of the students and the Wolaitta people for your support of our vision." Read more about our sponsorship program and how you can join: Get Involved - Sponsor a Student!