THE team of volunteers on the day of departure for Ethiopia: Patrick Joyce, Sean Keary, John Mulrooney, Martin Mulrooney, David Mulrooney, Holly Naughton, Martin Dervan, Michael McDonnell, Padraig Conlon, Aidan McDonnell, Brendan McDonnell, Thomas Heavey and Padraig O’Grady, Missing from photo: Mike Conway and Patrick and Mary Clarke.

Improving the lives of Ethiopian girls

Thousands raised will transform ‘horrific’ dormitories

A GROUP of 16 people from the Mountbellew and Newbridge areas arrived in Ethiopia this week and have already started work on carrying out a major renovation project that will transform the lives of 80 young girls.

The group of 14 men and two women have just over ten days to transform two old dormitories where girls have been living in horrific conditions.

The dormitories are in the town of Sebeta, about 40km from the capital city Addis Ababa. The group are part of Building for Children, which has fundraised and completed many building projects for children in need in Eastern Europe and, more recently, Ethiopia, since 2006.

Secretary Padraig Conlon has been involved from the start. He told The Tuam Herald that while their efforts can’t change the world, this year’s project will make a big difference to the daily lives of the girls who live there…

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