The Corvallis Sister Cities effort in Gondar, Ethiopia is reaping tangible results as outlined Thursday evening during a presentation at the Corvallis Public Library. Approximately 50 Corvallis residents were present to listen to and see some wonderful slides that demonstrate the positive results of the Corvallis Sister Cities program.
Eight wells have been dug near Gondar and are producing water that is in short supply. Teaching materials were brought to a local school that has approximately 2,000 students, about six times the number of any elementary school in Corvallis. The delegation from Corvallis had nothing but praise and admiration for the people of Gondar, a city of about 250,000 residents.
Walking is the predominate mode of transportation in Gondar as evidenced by a photo showing hundreds walking on a highway going to market. The motto in Gondar is Total Utilization of Local Available Resources. This motto is taken very seriously. Teachers paint their classrooms after hours and on weekends. Bottle caps are used in teaching math similar to an abacus.
The delegation spoke of the warm reception they received and of the progress being made in Education in Gondar. One Elementary school will now have an Internet connection as a result of the efforts of the Gondar Sister Cities Association.
Volunteers are welcome. If interested contact the Corvallis Sister Cities Association.