Ali Addeh Refugee Camp is not far from Djibouti’s border with Somalia. The ever-increasing influx of refugees put the schooling of children at risk.
When your help arrives by donkey
Ahmed lives at Ali Addeh refugee camp in Djibouti. He is an orphan, and shares what your help means for him and his four younger brothers and sisters he looks after…
“I was born here in the camp.
My mother died in 2013. My father died last year.
The children were present when my parents died, but the young ones don’t remember. My auntie is a very generous person, and helps care for us.
“Here it is already a hard life,
and then we lost our parents.”
It is so hard looking after the children. Now there is so much more stress. We are young, but we have to find a way to build our future.
I try my best.
Just now we are fine with the food we have and the shelter we have. Emotionally though, there are some problems, and many stresses when we think about our parents. This is when we get upset.
LWF (our ALWS partner) support us with clothes for the children. They also advocated for us to have this shelter. They support the food ration to be brought by donkey to our home.
We also have the school. I would like to be a Professor in computer studies. I learn computers at school, but only one lesson per week. Next year in Grade 10 I will learn more.
We hope for a good future, and we wait for the chance to go to another country so we can build a future. Here as a refugee we can have no future.”
Want to know more?
The ALWS family donated enough money to match a 10:1 grant from the European Commission to support our partner LWF to build a new school, including:
- 10 classrooms
- 17 latrines
- 500 desks
An extra 867 children can now access education – a gift no one can ever take away!
Since first entering Djibouti in 2009, LWF has advocated to the Government of Djibouti to take responsibility for the education of refugee children.
The construction and quality of the new school in Ali Addeh may be among the factors that have now convinced the Ministry of Education to take full responsibility for education of refugee children in the camps, and to offer certification.
Our experience with schools in refugee camps continues to reinforce that education is an effective way of helping children recover from the psycho-social distress of being forced to be a refugee.