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Connections
(from ONE December 2018)

Seeing Possibilities
Posted: 17 Dec 2018

For decades, CNEWA has supported the Shashemene School for the Blind in Ethiopia, which is administered by the Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels. In October, we received an account of some of the school’s recent activities.

Amid a busy calendar of events, the school sponsored a “Day of the Differently Abled,” offering students a chance to “show that they are gifted and on a par with any sighted person.” On another occasion, the children enjoyed a picnic at a local park, where they had a chance to savor the outdoors and sport tee shirts that proclaimed, “Disability is not Inability.”

Thanks to the generosity of CNEWA’s donors and other partners, the school was also able to do some important maintenance work: buying new water tanks, some furniture, mattresses and blankets, and replacing some pipes in the water system.

Perhaps most inspiring, 12 students completed their elementary education and for the first time took part in a graduation ceremony, complete with blue caps and gowns and a procession before friends and family.

“We the students, staff and sisters,” the report concluded, “owe a deep debt of gratitude to our many kind and generous benefactors, both individuals and groups, without whom our work would not have been possible.”