Dilla: The grade 12 students of Dilla had an idea of helping the 500 kids of the feeding center.  By volunteer basis some took turns in tutoring them in their studies.  And they also wanted to give gifts for Christmas.  So they decided to do fund raising.  They collected 1 birr each every friday from students of grades 9-12 since the start of the school year up until the last Friday of December 2018. 

They sold tickets for fund raising to everybody in the school.  Many bought the tickets and the most number of buyers were from the elementary students.  

With the money they collected, they were able to buy clothes for every kid in the feeding center.  On 4th December they had the Christmas party with the kids.  The grade 12 students with some grade 8 students organised themselves for the party.  Some distributed clothes.  Others helped the kitchen mamas in cooking.  Some assisted in rearranging the dining hall.  Others helped in distributing meals.  Everybody felt happy, most especially the grade 12 students who had this initiative.  They had been preparing for this since the beginning of the scholastic year.  Fr. Rector, Abba Tesfaye Kidane was also very happy because the idea had come from the students themselves and they themselves organised everything.  There was just one teacher/advisor who monitored them so as not to go over board their enthusiasm.  She really guided the student very well, according to Fr. Rector.  This is the first time that this kind of activity has been done in Dilla and we are hoping that it is just the beginning of many initiatives from our students who in their own way help other kids too.  It is a concrete example of Youth serving Youth, a true Salesian spirit.  And hopefully when they get older they still continue to help others in need.  A value which Salesians want their past pupils to have Altruism, men and women for others.  



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