Sign what you see for Ambo

Please join us in this great event. We are designing flashcards for the children in the Ambo Lazarist Deaf school.

The children will use the flashcards to sign out what they see on the card.
The cards will have words in both English and Oromo (which is the language they speak in the village)
There is a variety to choose from, you could send numbers / colours / letters – pick your favourite!!

You simply need to download whichever PDF you like, either colour it yourself or with children.

When it is completed scan it back onto the computer and email it to ““. (Check your spam for our response!)

or you may also post it to :

Miriam ORegan
Horner Automation Group
Unit 1,
Centre Park Road,
T12 H24E

We will be running this initiative for the month of April. Once we have all the cards back, we will laminate them and ship them to Ethiopia.
It will be a fun activity for us in Ireland to design and its both fun and and educational tool for the children in Ethiopia to learn.

Download Flashcard Files:

Lydia’s Run Fundraiser

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”!

Louise (Lydia’s Mom) officially opening Lydia’s Place

Visit from Lorraine Leeson (A Professor at Trinity College)

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…

Exams and Graduation of Grade 8 Students

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.

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