Street kid to school founder
ORPHANED SURVIVOR OF WAR-TORN ETHIOPIA HELPS OTHER BRIGHT CHILDREN
COMO IN Australia we often only get to view the effects of war, illness and extreme poverty felt by those in other countries from a distance.
But Yared Wolde’s visit to our shores and the story of his youth is one that brings home the reality for many across the world.
Living in Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa, Mr Wolde was just six years old when war and illness left him as the sole survivor of a family of five.
The next three years were spent living alone in a large pipe on the side of the road.
“At that age I had very little understanding of what the future held,” he said.
“I was only concerned with day-to-day survival. It was really scary and cold, and not a pleasant place at all.
“If you had a blanket to keep you warm, the bigger boys would come and take it from you. There was constant harassment from dogs and other street kids.”
Mr Wolde spent the three years working odd jobs, including carrying goods at local markets, before he caught a break.
When he was nine he was accepted into an orphanage where he befriend- ed Australian charity worker Jacqui Gilmour.
The pair became a strong team, with Ms Gilmour employing him as an interpreter and calling on him to help found Hope for Children in 2004.
The charity delivers education, health and livelihood programs to Ethiopian communities.
But Mr Wolde was driven to achieve more and in 2009 he founded the School of St Yared, providing an education to bright children in desperate circumstances. The school has become a success, educating almost 200 of Ethiopia’s poorest children.
Mr Wolde is in Australia on a month-long tour to raise
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He will visit Penrhos College, which has previously helped with funding and supplies.
For more details visit www.schoolofstyared.com.
Yared Wolde is in Australia to raise funds for his school in Ethiopia. THE Town of Victoria Park has adopted the precinct D detail area plan for the Belmont Park Redevelopment so applications for planning approval of individual buildings can be lodged with the town.
The Belmont Park Racecourse Development is a $3 billion project which will have the under-utilised area turned into a mixed-use development with about 4500 dwellings, up to 31,000sqm of retail floor space and up to 60,000sqm of office floor space, and a hotel in mixed-use buildings up to 53 levels
Precinct D is the area to the south-eastern portion of the development, bounded by the racetrack to the north, Graham Farmer Freeway to the south and the Swan River to the east, close to the new Perth Stadium Station.
“The Belmont Park development will provide attractive options outside of the CBD for people who want to live in high, medium-density residential housing in an exciting entertainment precinct,” town chief executive Anthony Vuleta said.
The next stages for the area will be a subdivision to create individual development sites, followed by development applications for individual sites and buildings.