Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we were unable to take part in the Womens Mini Marathon “Lydia’s Run” this year.
We have decided to dedicate the month of October to Lydia’s Run… so if any of you out there would like to do a 5km walk or run and make a donation towards the upkeep of “Lydia’s Place” it would be great. Maybe you would share a photo with us and nominate a friend or two to join in!
Lydia’s Run is in Memory of our Dear friend Lydia who left this world far too early.
Lydia’s Mom and Dad, Louise and Denis O’Mahony decided to support and fundraise for a place in Our Deaf School where the children could simply “BE”, to have space for themselves, to discuss how they were feeling, to learn through fun, to have some one on one time with the teachers.
A place where their whole self is looked after not just their education. We call this Place “Lydia’s Place”!
We were delighted to welcome Ms Lorraine Leeson to the school for a brief visit. She received the usual warm and Ambo welcome and the students were delighted that she possessed some ability to communicate with them. Lorraine set up the School of Deaf Studies at Trinity College and is a professor of linguistics. She was able to identify something special happening in the development of Sign Language here at the ALDS. We hope to keep in touch and explore some links between Ambo and Trinity College…
In June our second group of Grade 8 Students participated in the State Exams and graduated from the ALDS. They are anxiously awaiting the results, which will decide if they can progress to Grade 9 at the government school next year. We are of course sorry to see them go, but delighted we were able to give them the opportunity to progress this far in their education. We will continue to support them in what way possible. We wont have a graduation class again for four years. In the mean time we will examine the possibility of providing grades 9/10 at the ALDS for students graduating in 2022.
During the months of June and July students from two Vincentian Secondary Schools in Dublin joined us: St. Vincent’s Castleknock and St. Paul’s Raheny. Each school spent two and a half weeks in Ambo facilitating a summer school for all the local children, teaching them English and maths and generally having some fun. A significant highlight of their time in Ambo was the opportunity to go to the Deaf school where our students took time to teach them Ethiopian Sign Language.
The Irish boys very quickly picked up the basics in Ethiopian Sign Language allowing them the opportunity to really engage with the Deaf students and even teach some maths classes. Of course there was the annual Ireland V Ethiopia football match to be played, a very competitive affair. (Ethiopia won 5-4)