6th Annual Fundraising Reception.
Ottawa, Canada - Last week (April 23, 2005), Awdal Development Organization held its 6th annual fundraising reception. Close to $2500 were collected and although attendance was hampered by heavy rain, the event was nevertheless a resounding success.
Awdal Development Organization (ADO) and its partner on the ground, Rural Education And Development (READ), were both created to provide basic education to the rural communities of the region of Awdal (Northern Somalia). Both organizations function as an extension of the community they serve and operate on the premise of first among equals. Any one person can and has the opportunity to contribute to all aspects of the activities in which ADO and READ are engaged.
Established in the year 2001 through a
collaborative effort of inhabitants of Awdal and natives of the
region now living abroad, ADOís purpose is to help provide a
constant source of income for the programs initiated by READ. On
the other hand READís principal function is to built, operate and
maintain a network of schools in the rural communities of the
region, in order to ensure that children living in these
communities have access to basic education. READ was establish on
July 24th, 2000.
ADO and READ believe that in the short
run, access to education in the rural communities will provide the
opportunity for parents to keep their children at home instead of
sending to the urban centers for schooling, which also contributes
to the population exodus. Furthermore, literacy will improve their
access to information and increase their options and abilities to
diversify agricultural production into higher value horticulture.
Finally, young girls, who are often not given priority when family
decisions are made about which child to send to an urban centre
for schooling, will have more opportunities to attend school.
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