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Newsletter-Summer-2013

 

template_bannerBenjamin, Julie and the entire Kulam team are thrilled to present the Summer 2013 edition of Kulam’s e-newsletter. It’s been a busy time for Kulam especially since our new Youth Director, Noa Ella Sternthal, turned one and is forever on the move with her love for exploring! David’s Well is complete and bringing fresh water to an entire community; Science kits and lesson plans from Mad Science, the world’s leading fun science provider, have arrived in Ethiopia and the science program has been implemented with great success in Shumargie. Finally, we’ve reached an agreement with Mad Science to build a new school campus in Northern Ethiopia!  More on this and other exciting projects in the coming months…

Enjoy the read!

THE KULAM TEAM

Mad Science Kits & Course Material Arrive at Shumargie School

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The Mad Science kits have finally arrived in Ethiopia, after traveling the world for six months. It was a challenge bringing the kits into the country, but well worth the work!  Mad Science’s programs are designed for children ages 5-12 and focus on chemistry, physics, biology and the environment. Their programs spark the imagination of children by engaging them in hands-on activities which show that science is everywhere and accessible to all. Mad Science developed two courses for our Shumargie school. “Introduction to Aerodynamics” teaches about gravity, weight and airflow and students build their own model “Sky-hawk Plane” donated by the company. In “Introduction to Friction and Energy” students learn about friction and energy and how they are used to propel heavy objects. Students build their very own model drag racer car donated by Mad Science and explore how a car’s wheels and axle help reduce friction and allow it to move easily. A rubber band attached to a propeller provides energy to move it. The program has been a huge success and we look forward to continuing it. A huge thank you to Ariel Shlien and Sharon King and the whole Mad Science team for their amazing support. They are role models in the business community and for students in Shumargie!

David’s Well Provides 4000 Litres of Fresh Drinking Water for Azeykew Village

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Thanks to the charitable spirit of Arlene and David Sternthal and their family and friends, the rural community of Azeykew Chebchibit, Kebele Comfenta, Woreda Tikil Dengay now has safe drinking water from a new water system. The village comprises 50 households and is located 23 km from Gondar, Ethiopia, northwest from the Woreda town Tikeledingay, 13 km on the main road and then 10 minutes by foot off the main road.  David’s well water system was completed prior to winter. Originally Kulam set out to build a well, however thanks to favorable geological conditions it became possible to build a whole water reservoir system! Three 15 metre pipes were installed under the river bed. They feed into a sealed concrete collection chamber and the water then flows to a secondary chamber with dispensing taps. The water system is capable of providing 4,000 litres of fresh drinking water for the entire village. The pictures above show the village and surrounding areas along with the new water supply system.  This was an engineering coup made possible by a talented field team!

Have you considered a Kulam project for your special occasion? Contact us to learn more about Kulam’s “Donate and Build to Commemorate” program: info@kulam.ca

Global Corporate Citizenship: Launching of the Mad Science Academy

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We are proud to announce that Mad Science has has stepped forward as an amazing corporate citizen! They will be reaching out to their network across North America to support Kulam in developing a new school campus in Northern Ethiopia. The campus will consist of a two-room school house powered by a solar panel, a well and latrines. We are very excited and proud to be working with Mad Science on this project. Stay tuned as there will be more to come on this fantastic endeavor.

What can you do for Kulam & what can Kulam do for you?

In recent months we have had numerous conversations with families and businesses wanting to undertake projects and volunteer on them. The spirit of Kulam is becoming infectious! We’re ready to hear from you. If you are interested in our “Donate and Build” program please contact us. Also, consider making Kulam part of your charitable giving. Not sure what gifts to buy and for whom? Search no more - with a donation and personalized e-card from Kulam. Click on the donate now section of our website and show you care in true Kulam-style with “everybody, every person, everyone”.

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