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Commitment to Education in Ethiopia


Each year since our 60th anniversary in 2011, Saint David's eighth graders and teacher Tom Ryan have led school-wide fundraisers in support of the Kalina School, a primary school which we built through our partnership with Save the Children, in Tigray, Ethiopia. When Saint David's Kalina School opened in 2013, it welcomed boys and girls in Grades One through Four.  By 2018, it had expanded to include Grades Pre-K through Eight, making it a full scale, fully funded elementary school.


Saint David's boys remain committed to education in Ethiopia. Recently, Aaron Fossi of Save the Children visited with our seventh and eighth graders during Chapel to kick off this year's project: the construction of a two-room block addition to a new school in Ala'sa. When completed, it will serve 188 boys and girls in Grades Five and Six. The Class of 2019 is organizing and planning a host of school-wide spring activities, from walk-a-thons, to shows, to ice cream sales and pay-to-play matches to fund the project.


The boys are excited about working to make a difference in the lives of boys and girls in Ethiopia. Our work in Ethiopia and through the Horizons at Saint David's summer program closer to home, provides our boys and alumni with the opportunity to help children beyond 89th Street realize their potential through education.

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