Skakel, who was one of the three Student Council Presidents who led the project, spoke about how the combined efforts of all of the boys of Saint David’s and their teachers, in particular Tom Ryan, over three years of fundraising, had resulted in the successful construction of the school.
“Through seemingly unrelated fundraisers, the bake sales, softball games, walk-a-thons, we built a school and we changed peoples’ lives,” he said. For Skakel, the moment that stood out most was when he was about to leave the school: “I saw on one side the old mud structure that used to serve as a school, and then on the other side, the cinder block building, the school that we built, which had separate bathrooms, even a garden, and which the parents voted unanimously to send their children to.”
“I am proud as a Saint David’s parent and an alumnus of what you did, and you should be proud,” John concluded. Thanking everyone, he observed that there is still more to be done, citing the need for Pre-K, secondary schools, books and resources.
More about our school in Ethiopia can be found at http://www.saintdavids.org/media/publications/detail/in-abyssinia
You can see a video of the Saint David’s trip to the Kalina School at http://www.saintdavids.org/media/video/detail/ethiopia-expedition