ODA to raise half a bln br for planned boarding schools

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Addis Ababa, 2 December 2013 (WIC) – The Oromia Development Association (ODA) has launched a fund-raising campaign to build three modern boarding schools in Oromia region.
The association expects to raise 500 million birr this year, Abadula Gemeda, board chairman of the association, said during a press conference.
By mobilizing 4.8 million members of the association and its partners, ODA expects to raise the fund required to construct the boarding schools.
The school, primarily, aims to enroll high performing and exemplary students who would be recruited from various schools in the region, ODA said in a statement.
The schools are designed to accommodate well equipped library and laboratory, dormitory for students and teachers, clinic, workshops and sport facilities including a swimming pool, the statement said.
“One of the schools alone, which will accommodate 640 students, could cost not less than 330 million birr,” Abadulla said.
The board chairman said the association was making preparations for the past five months by setting up a committee to oversee fund-raising activities.
Some 51 of the committee members have played an exemplary role by raising over 50 million birr, Abadula said.
“This is indicative that with a more robust effort, we will be able to raise the necessary fund,” he said adding that fund-raising campaigns will be launched in Addis Ababa and major cities in Oromia region.
ODA was established in March 1993 as a non-for-profit, non-partisan organization with the objective of mitigating the developmental problems in Oromia region by mobilizing local and external resources. It claims to have carried out over 2,000 projects in education, health, provision of clean water, environmental protection and food security areas.

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