Street kid to school founder


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Bryce Luff

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 raise­mu­ni­ d442016 money for the school and in­crease its pro­file.

He will visit Penrhos Col­lege, which has pre­vi­ously helped with fund­ing and sup­plies.

For more de­tails visit www.schoolof­st­

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

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.

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