Construction of the first new building for the Furuna Elementary and Secondary School started in December 2018. The new school will be built with much sturdier materials than the old buildings. The wood and cinder block were donated by Opportunity Kids, while community members donated their time and labor for the construction.
After years of planning, the ceremony marking the official start of construction of the new building for Furuna School was held on January 24, 2018. The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by an estimated 500 schoolchildren, teachers, members of the community, community leaders and local politicians.
The event included distinguished guests speaking about the community and school, traditional singing and a bread-cutting ceremony.
Said Zerihun Tadele of the event, ‘We visited the Furuna Elementary and Junior Secondary School in January 2018, to participate in the inauguration of the start of construction of the school. I did not expect such a high-level of reception from the Furuna community, students, teachers and representatives of the government. I was very much touched by it. This boosts my commitment to support the school to the best of my capacity.’
The sign reads “This foundation for Furuna School Construction lady by Professor Zerihun Tadele, Founder of Beromsa Ejolef. Year 24, 01, 2018.” Beromsa Ejolef is the Ethiopian sister charity of Opportunity for Kids Ethiopia.