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Buckner, Bright Hope and Ethiopian President Celebrate School Inauguration

By Analiz G. Schremmer

(BANTU, Ethiopia) — Buckner International and Bright Hope celebrated the inauguration of a new school in Bantu, Ethiopia in the company of Girma Wolde Giorgis, Ethiopian president, as well as and regional and zone dignitaries on Feb. 7.

The school will serve 400 impoverished children, providing them with the following services:

• Two meals a day
• Two school uniforms
• Day time clothing
• Shoes
• School books and supplies
• Medical treatment and personal hygiene materials

"Two years ago I stood on an empty field with a group of pastors and the President of Ethiopia. On Tuesday I got to stand in a completed school with hundreds of children being reached," said Kyle Henderson, member of the Eteam. "They recited English letters, numbers, and animals. In just a few months these kids have moved from dirt floors and no teaching aids to qualified teachers, in excellent facilities, and a new future."

The school is in a six-block area containing eight classrooms, one administration building with five rooms. A building with a kitchen and cafeteria, a staff residence with four rooms, a director residence with five rooms and a building with eight showers and restrooms.

All of the rooms are furnished and equipped with the necessary furniture, materials and equipment. The school also employs experienced teachers and other supportive staff. It will officially open in September with 200 children.

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