Lalibela Foundation wins competition at Leiden University of Applied Sciences


The Lalibela Foundation was recently awarded a large donation from the Hogeschool Leiden (HSL). The donation is the proceeds of the annual competition organised for HSL staff. The board of the HSL donates an amount of 50 euros for each participating team. The total amount is then donated to one or more charities, with the goals being chosen by the winning team.

This year 72 teams participated. Team ‘Scotland’ won, meaning that the 3600 euros go to the Lalibela Foundation. The team wanted the contribution to the charity to cause a big splash instead of a droplet. To that end they opted for a relatively small foundation where no money lingers on personnel costs, but everything is run by volunteers. Moreover, the Lalibela Foundation uses the money very broadly. For social projects, microcredits, blind students and other initiatives in the fight against poverty in the Ethiopian town of Lalibela. The donation from Leiden is entirely for the benefit of the ten blind university students under the auspices of the foundation. To supplement their meager government grant, they receive a donation from the Foundation. Also, at the start of their studies they are given a laptop with speech software, without which studying would be impossible, and guidance from a local volunteer.The cheque was presented to the Lalibela Foundation by the winning team in the presence of the chairman and the deputy chairman of the HSL Executive Board.

Board members Jos van den Brink and Eric Maes (middle) received the cheque for the Lalibela Foundation in Leiden.

S.O.B. and Reba Packaging b.v. support Lalibela Foundation


Under the flag of Stichting Ontwikkelingssamenwerking Boxmeer (SOB), 13 Private Initiatives (or rather foundations) work together in the municipality of Boxmeer. This platform enables the foundations to meet 2 to 3 times a year to exchange information about each other’s projects, to follow workshops, to learn from each other, to work on the awareness of the Boxmeer community.
Every year the municipality of Boxmeer makes an amount available to support the projects. As a foundation you can submit a motivated application to be eligible for (partial) support.
This year we have submitted an application for the co-financing of a collective business building in Lalibela. Together with Beza (see elsewhere on our website) we will organise activities for our people in Lalibela.

We are pleased that on October 4th we received the pledge for an amount of €900.

Besides the SOB, Reba Packaging BV also came from Dongen with an unexpected contribution of €500 as a result of enthusiastic reports about the ongoing activities of the foundation.

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Four gorgeous postcards by the artist Mikiyas Sewnet, who studies with a grant from our foundation at the Art Academy in Addis Ababa.
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Built jointly!

The business plan we developed back in October 2017 in collaboration with Beza (see earlier news release) has resulted in the construction of a community building that serves as a base for activities, including the production of various items by the target groups of the Lalibela Foundation and BEZA.

From Beza’s local representative Mr. Melese we received pictures of the building that is now nearing completion and hopefully can be put into use soon.


Proceeds from 2018 Elzendaal School Sponsor Run

After an interesting lesson about Lalibela in April and a successful sponsored run back in May, the revenue collected was announced on 12 June in the presence of of the Foundation secretary Stef Pennings and the class. The fantastic amount of 426.17 euros will soon be deposited into the account of our foundation.
Stef told the class that this money is due for spending on their blind peers in Ethiopia. By using voice recorders and laptops, our blind pupils/students can follow education better.
Thank you all for your commitment and we hope to be able to come back next year.

Laptops for our blind students

Teshome Assafa — our steady support regarding our blind students and students.

In close consultation with our friend Teshome Assafa – deputy director of a large school in Addis – and for years our support regarding our blind students and students, we have decided to provide our (future) blind students with a laptop with a speech program.
Until now, blind pupils/students had to do without braille/voice, and our student grant (800 Birr per month) is often paid to a reader. In this way, they have to assimilate their learning material. The facilities for blind pupils/students are minimal in Ethiopia.
Thanks to a few donations, we were able to provide the current blind students with second-hand laptops.
We continue to count on your support!

This month we received the following thanks from two blind students.

My dear helping sponsors, how are you doing? I am doing well thanks to God. I want to say thank you to for your genuine aid over the past 10 years since 2008-2018 that I hold my first degree in university. Thank you is not enough to express my feeling towards you due to the fact that without your great aid, I couldn’t have achieved what I have. So, I shall say God bless you!
Yours sincerely, Meseret Awoke.

Hi members of Lalibela Foundation, how are u? I am fine. Sorry for not writing a letter to u before. I was busy and searching a friend to help me to mail u. I want to thank u more,  I get the money that u transferred to me. Thanks…
My graduation research is already at a final stage and I am studying for the final exam.
Goodbye and I will mail u next time.
Tarikua Kefyalew

Successful visit to Lalibela

Our board member Desiree went to Ethiopia in December to visit our old and new friends.

It was planned to discuss current affairs with Setechign, our local coordinator, and an intake with four new blind candidates for our social project. She also met with Sentayu, formerly a member of our social project and now a high school teacher. He will support Setechign in her tasks.

In addition, Desiree and Bas Hollink of the Dutch Beza Foundation started a conversation with the team of Beza Lalibela (Beza is Amhaar for ‘shoulder to shoulder’), a self-help organisation for more than 1000 people with HIV. They discussed the possibility of creating a social workshop, in which both the members of Beza and the supporters of our foundation can work. The aim is to promote self-reliance and to make people with disabilities contribute positively to the local community.

The plans have been tightened up and are currently being approved by the local government.

Looking back to 2017, and our best wishes

2017 was a great year for our foundation:

  • In addition to all the contributions from our regular and occasional donors, we received a great amount of Books Support People;
  • In the Beza Foundation we found an enthusiastic new partner;
  • One of our board members recently paid a valuable visit to Lalibela;
  • We made many nice contacts in schools, on the streets and at meetings.

Our friends in Lalibela still need our help. In fact, last year all basic necessities became at least 30% more expensive. Fortunately, we were able to increase our support for them.

Together with you, we want to make our plans for the people in Lalibela come true in 2018.
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The Board and volunteers of the Lalibela Foundation wish you a good 2018.