In July, One Love celebrated our first anniversary! As new non-profiteers entering into
unchartered territory, we were navigating with eyes wide open and an abundance of faith. This year was one filled with joy, heart ache, hard work and perseverance. We have learned a thing or two along the way and have thus decided to make a small change to the way we structure our monthly support.
One thing we love about One Love (and we think you will too) is that there are no salaries paid from our general operating budget. We run completely on volunteer support, ensuring that your contributions go directly to educating, enriching, and empowering our constituents in Ethiopia. We have over 200 students and 30 staff members at the current preschool One Love supports, Love Ethiopia Academy. The students receive education, a nutritious meal, and clean water for their families as a part of their monthly tuition.
This school plays a critical role in the community in allowing parents the opportunity to work during the day to support their families. Empowering parents means children are able to stay with their families rather than be abandoned to the street or an orphanage. Parents are less likely to be desperate enough to turn to the back breaking work of fuel wood carrying up and down the mountain. By giving children early education in a loving environment they experience the confidence and value that education instills. Many receive the only meal they eat all day at the school. Entire families are provided with clean water. The list goes on and on. The school is a community that supports one another and every child at the school needs your help!
When starting One Love we followed suit with many other non-profits of this nature and matched donors up with individual students. We have decided to change this aspect of our structure because we feel it will be more beneficial to the entire student body of Love Ethiopia Academy.
In September, the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, we are asking our monthly donors to make a change from sponsoring an individual child to becoming a monthly supporter of the entire school program. This will provide all of the necessary benefits (education, nutrition, water, uniforms, school supplies, etc.) to every child at the school. As a monthly supporter, 100% of your donation will go directly to Love Ethiopia Academy in Ethiopia.
We know that many of you have become attached to your specific child, which is easy to do - they are wonderful children! If you would like to continue to connect with a specific child, we would be happy to provide you with a picture and some basic information for a current student at the school so you can be praying for them with your family. We will also be taking a care package to each of the 200 students at the school when we visit, so if you enjoyed sending gifts, this is a project in which we would love your help.
In October we are taking a team to visit the Academy in Ethiopia. One of our main missions while we are there is to collect stories and pictures of students and their families that we can share with you throughout the year. All of our families live in difficult situations and we would love for you to know more about the people you are helping with your monthly donation. Look for those stories to begin in late 2017!
We thank you for your support of One Love. If you have any questions about this or any other aspect of the organization, please do not hesitate to contact us.
In His Love,
Kit & Mandy Bradshaw Jared & Megghan St. Aubyn Co-Founders
Dear ONELOVE Supporter,
2016 has been a year to remember! Through our faithful and generous donors, God has completely humbled us and blown us away with His plans for One Love. For God’s glory, we have attached a highlight real of what One Love was able to accomplish in it’s first six months of existence.
Starting One Love has been an amazing opportunity to witness people come together to help fellow mankind across the world. While we hope you will all have the opportunity to visit the preschool one day, to date this effort has been one of blind faith for most of you. We realize the sacrifice this takes, and for that we are forever grateful to our donors.
In exchange for your faithfulness, we pledge to be transparent with our budget and plans for One Love. If you ever have any questions or concerns relating to this matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Enclosed is your summary of donations through December 31, 2016. We pray that
2017 will bring more opportunity to help empower and enrich the lives of those living in poverty in Ethiopia and we hope you will continue to partner with us in our mission to share the love of Jesus Christ by providing a school for young children in Ethiopia, while also empowering their parents to rise-up in their community.
One Love Board of Directors
Mandy Bradshaw, Co-Director, Secretary
Kit Bradshaw, Vice-President
Megghan St. Aubyn, Co-Director, Treasurer
Jared St. Aubyn, President
2016 ONELOVE Highlights:
In July 2016, One Love Directors Mandy Bradshaw & Megghan St. Aubyn traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to meet with the directors of the school and work out details of the agreement between One Love and the preschool. At that time, One Love paid for a full year of rent for the new preschool compound. Immediately following, renovation on the property began to prepare for the start of the school year in September.
One Love founding sponsors made it possible to completely renovate the compound to be a functional school including buying tables, chairs, shelving, playground equipment, and supplies.
Before school began in September, our generous donors provided enough funding to install a large water tank and a water filter. Students, staff, and families are blessed with clean water at the school and there is enough for families to take home when needed. Clean water is a luxury item in Ethiopia and we are proud to be able to enrich lives with clean water at the preschool.
The initial plan was for 150 students to attend the preschool. The directors of the preschool went door to door, informing families about the opening of the school. Ultimately, they enrolled 207 students! 50% of the students at the school are sponsored and 50% pay a small tuition each month.
The preschool is in an area of extreme poverty where food is not a daily guarantee for many families. One Love has partnered with an organization to provide milk and a nutritious meal for students attending school.
The teachers and staff at the preschool attend monthly training sessions and are evaluated on a regular basis. We are working with the school directors to ensure each student attending the preschool will be prepared to enter elementary school in Grade 1.
All of the sponsored students were provided with a uniform through One Love. The non- profit partnering with the school for the nutrition program generously donated uniforms for the students paying tuition.
The closing of Connected in Hope Preschool created an immediate need for a preschool in the Shiro Meda area of Addis Ababa. After partnering with One Love, the directors of the preschool took over the Connected in Hope Preschool license temporarily so the school could open in September. They then began working on obtaining a new license. In December 2016 the directors reached their goal and were granted a new license for the preschool, changing the name of the school to Love Ethiopia Academy.