Fundraising for the Purchase of a New Tractor
Dear Alumni and Friends of EAC/Kuyera Adventist School(s):
Now in existence for nearly seven decades, Kuyera Adventist Institution was a place to go to for the best education and to transform lives. From its early years, students came from places as far as Asmara, Mekele, Debre Tabor, Dessie in the north; Wollaga and Illu Ababora in the west; Addis Ababa/Finfine in the center; Sake-Wolayita, Hadiya, Ambonsa-Kambata, Dongora-Sidama, Guji in the south; Hararghe in the east; and from the local communities. In most cases those students were the first individuals in their respective villages to go to school. Kuyera empowered those aspiring youth and served with pride and distinction. It was coveted as a cradle of many educators, evangelists, health providers and bureaucrats. It was a celebrated and adored training center for Adventists and beyond.
As you may well know, generations have also raised their families depending on the earnings from their jobs at Kuyera schools as teachers, evangelists, farm workers, cafeteria workers, security guards and other duties. Student Work Study Programs enabled thousands of students to obtain a means to pay for their school tuition and living expenses. Many of us have great memories of working in an auto shop (most popular), landscape, industry, farming, gardening, dormitories, cafeterias, school administration and many more. In addition to the financial help, these activities aided students to acquire skills that we could utilize for life. In one way or another, thousands have benefited, know someone who did, or have just heard the positive impact of the institution for the country.
Your previous kindness was able to help Ethiopia Adventist College (EAC) not only meet its essential needs, but also work toward a brighter future with educational programs anchored on three pillars: spiritual, physical, and mental training for the future generations. To mention a few successful efforts from the past, Kuyera Adventist was able to replace its burnt-down, sentimental V. E. Toppenberg Hall with an even bigger and magnificent new building. With the generous support of people like you, a separate campus was developed to meet the demands of growth and requirements put forth by the Ministry of Education.
The School rests on 182 hectares of land that was granted by the government; a privilege that has been safeguarded by the institution and the community. Apart from producing much of the cereal crops, vegetables, and fruits needed for feeding some 2,500 campus students and faculty in the school, EAC drives substantial amount of income from sales of the surplus farm products. Historically, western missionaries have brought along the necessary farm equipments, (John Deere, Ford, Massey Ferguson tractors) which led to efficient farming. Today, those tractors have run their lifespan and have ceased to function. The World Church has adopted a policy of self-reliance and the days of depending on western missionaries are gone by.
The East Central Africa Division (ECD), the Ethiopia Union Mission (EUM) and the Ethiopia Adventist College (EAC) leaders have stepped up the effort to help EAC return to its days of prestige. They have developed a proposal that contains 11 projects that would help transform EAC, out of which 2 were identified as urgent priorities. The first is to provide EAC with a clean drinking Water Storage System - a basic human need. The second priority is to purchase a Farm Tractor that would enable the school to farm the 100 hectares of land, feed its residents, augment its other incomes, and return to its self-sufficient state.
Dr. Fesaha Tsegaye, Director of Health Ministry of the ECD has taken the responsibility of purchasing and installing the Water Storage System. His exemplarily leadership is greatly appreciated. Dr. Athanase Rutebuka, Former interim president of EAC, also reports that EUM has approved a plan that each church member is asked to donate One Birr each Sabbath through the “Power of One” project to fund EAC ventures. The ECD/EUM/EAC leaders have also extended an opportunity to partner in making a difference to us, the Diaspora family & friends of Kuyera, advocates of education, and have asked us to raise funds needed for purchasing one Farm Tractor for the college.