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Save The Gende Tesfa Breakfast Club

Save The Gende Tesfa Breakfast Club

Why we need your help

Save The Gende Tesfa Breakfast Club

For the past four years money raised by children,  parents and teachers from Holy Trinity School in Cookham has funded breakfast for children before they attend classes in Gende Tesfa School in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. Many of these children are orphans or only have one parent. The community they are from in Gende Tesfa is a former leprosy colony and its people are still marginalised and discriminated against by people from the city. It is incredibly poor and there are few opportunities for people to make a decent living.

This  is the  fifth  and final year of the friendship link between Cookham and Gende Tesfa - we are very grateful to Holy Trinity School & other local organisations for their support.

We are curently trying to help 30 disadvantaged families (training for the mums and supporting their kids at the Breakfast Club) The problems parents and their children face are many and complex  - poverty, leprosy and political tensions have made the work extremely challenging

Children are going to school hungry and most will not eat until the evening, if they are lucky. This results in children unable to concentrate on their lessons or skipping school to go and beg for food. 

The school estimates there are 230 children, out of a total of 1077 students, who are assessed as vulnerable, usually because they have lost one or both parents.  The club not only provided them with breakfast, but also education and advice on health and sanitation. The club coordinator is a friendly and loving woman who acts as a mother figure to children whose lives are chaotic and without structure. She provides love, advice and stability to children who are growing up in desperate situations.

Our target initially is to raise funds for 30 of the most vulnerable children and if we reach this we want to go on and provide a place in the Breakfast Club for all 230 children.

This amounts to about £124 per child per year. We have kept the breakfast club open but, as of 18th December 2019  we need to raise a  further £3,051.50 to cover the remainder of the academic year.

Please give and be assured you will be allowing a child to live, learn and grow.


raised towards 5,910.00 target

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Mar 03, 2020

Natalie Evans

From Zachary. He wanted to share some of his birthday money to help with the great work you do. X


Feb 02, 2020


(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Jan 31, 2020


Jan 27, 2020

K Smith

Sorry we can't make the fun pool party, we wanted to donate anyway though!

(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Dec 22, 2019

Heather B

Dec 21, 2019

Jenni L

From Jenni Does IT Ltd.


Dec 20, 2019


Keep up the good work x

(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Jun 04, 2019

Pam And tong tong


May 19, 2019

Hardip Pabla

Jovan Pabla Collected 12.50 of pennies by practicing spellings and doing homework practice - every question answered earned 1p. Also by doing jobs around the house like tidying up toys, putting cushions back on the sofa, shoes back in the shoe rack.

(plus 3.13 giftaid)

Mar 25, 2019


Happy birthday Sienna! Love Kitty x



Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 3,839.13

Direct donations


Raised offline 50.00

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