From Cookham to Ethiopia


A PARTNERSHIP between Holy Trinity CE School in Cookham and the Gende Tesfa School in Ethiopia is going from strength to strength.

Children from Ethiopia celebrate the link with Cookham. Photo: Caroline Field.

Recently two initiatives have been launched for the charity Partners For Change Ethiopia. Over Lent children were encouraged to donate pennies for the Breakfast Club at Gende Tesfa. A Spring Clean for Ethiopia saw 281kgs of clothes handed in, which raised £112.40.

The link between Holy Trinity School in Cookham and Gende Tesfa School was initially set up two years ago by PFC Ethiopia Ambassador Sarah Parfitt whose sons Joshua and Jack attend the school. Sarah first visited the community of Gende Tesfa in March 2015 and returned in November 2016. Since then the school, Holy Trinity Church, Cookham Methodist Church and individuals have organised 14 fundraisers and raised over £14,000. A #woman2woman2017 campaign was launched by PFC Ethiopia on International Women’s Day. Sarah says: “The idea is to offer small business training and a recyclable loan to all the parents of the children at Gende Tesfa Breakfast Club. A donation of £100 funds a woman’s small business training and gives her a recyclable loan.”

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, please contact Pete Jones on or call 07506 445515.