Our visits to Mekele these days are (almost) all about supporting SENTigray in the work it does, and this year trustees and friends of SENEthiopia have travelled to Mekele four times. Each journey is an adventure, and during the fortnight (on average) we pack in as much work as we can, often evenings and weekends included, and return exhausted. The last three visits were mainly aimed at helping SENTigray produce a Feasibility Study (requested by the donor for the PEEK Project), and after a large spread of work that’s now ready to go. For an account of it click here.
Our previous major project, which has been keeping one of SENTigray’s project managers occupied full time, is the provision of recorded textbooks to blind children throughout Tigray region, an area two-and-a-half times the size of Wales, but a great deal more difficult to access. The MP3 players we use are no larger than a smartphone, and hold a whole year’s textbooks. Blind children who previously had no direct access to textbooks, and relied on memory or friends, are suddenly on a par with their sighted colleagues, and equality of opportunity is restored, one of our principal objectives. To read more of what Abel, the project manager, has been doing, click here.