Catholic Mission has launched its annual Christmas Appeal, focusing on the work of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia and supporting the education of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Partnering with The Lideta Catholic Cathedral School, in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, a scholarship program has been created to ensure that children who are orphaned or whose parents cannot afford to send them to school, are able to access quality education.
"For the students, this is a golden opportunity to access a scholarship to one of the best schools in the country,” said Sr Carmen Sammut SJA, who manages the scholarship program at school.
“The ethical formation of the school impacts students positively and helps them to become good citizens, educated and give back to the community.”
Many families are struggling in Addis Ababa, due to the high cost of living and limited job opportunities, and many parents are unable to cover basic costs such as school fees for their children.
Catholic Mission National Director Fr Brian Lucas said: “By supporting the Catholic Mission Christmas Appeal, we can reach out to those families in need and provide children with scholarships, so they do not miss out on vital education.”
“Education is vital for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them create bright futures and break out of the cycle of poverty,” Fr Brian said.