Dream to Shine free schooling project

Report #009 January 2024

Christmas Report

Reported by Dereje Girma
DTS Project Manager/Teacher
Oromiya, Ethiopia

 Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays globally. It is celebrated by billions of people regardless of whether they understand its true meaning. Christmas is also one of the biggest holidays in Ethiopia, celebrated especially by the Christians on the 7th January. It is celebrated in a similar manner to other places. Gifts are prepared for others. Individuals and organizations support needy people in the community to help them have a wonderful celebration with their families during the holiday.

 Our project continues to impact the local community with different activities. This year is the second time we celebrated Christmas together with the community as a part of our project, since we started. This year’s celebration was especially unique and exciting, because our founder, Miss Sayuri, was able to celebrate with us, and we had the honour of receiving gifts from generous Japanese donors. These gifts allowed us to bless our students and their families. 

The preparation

 On receiving the materials, we created parcels that included books and stationery, and wrapped it with brightly coloured Christmas wrappers. We were able to create bundles to gift each of the 100 students in the DTS program. The gift preparations were completed three days before the celebrations. We also decorated the walls and the compound to make it festive. 

Figure 2 school compound after maintenance and painting

Going to “Merkato” Market

 We then visited the Merkato market together with Miss Sayuri to buy some materials for the celebration. We bought Christmas decorations, balloons, party masks, candies, chocolates, juices and packed water amongst other things. We were grateful that the contributions enabled us to comfortably purchase things for our celebration that would make it a special event for our community; things that many in our village would otherwise not have been able to afford to enjoy. We also ordered a huge cake and traditional home-made breads. 

The biggest market in Easten Africa called ”Merkato”
The biggest market in Easten Africa called ”Merkato”
Traditional home-made breads.
Traditional home-made breads.

The celebration

 The long-awaited day finally arrived! Our celebrations began with singing the Ethiopian national anthem. Our students arrived early with their families. They wore traditional local clothing that looked beautiful and added to the festive atmosphere. Happiness and joy marked the faces of everyone who attended. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the food and gratefully received the gifts presented to them by Miss Sayuri. 

We received so much gratitude and positive feedback from our students and their families. Many urged us to continue the program. They were all so thankful for all who had participated and provided materially, as accessing quality materials would have otherwise not been possible given cost prohibitions. Many families would not have otherwise been able to afford quality school materials for their children. A father expressed to us that he was no longer worried that his child would not have access to educational resources for one year now. He and many others were deeply appreciative of the love and care shown to them by others through their contributions. 

In conclusion, the DTS project reaches out to many in our community and is aimed at impacting our students, to guide and grow them positively in their formative years. Our work speaks clearly and deeply to the hearts of the local community, showing them that we care and that we are sincerely invested in their well being.


We are determined to do our part to improve the challenges students in this community face, especially academically and economically. I really want to thank all parties who provided gifts and cash for the Christmas celebrations for the past two years. I also want to encourage everyone to be a part of our project. We welcome your contributions of time, thoughts, prayers and gifts as you are able, for our needs are still great and many, and we value any opportunity to connect and reach out. We also invite you to experience our special African love and culture! 

May God bless you all!!!  


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International Remittances

Currency  USD EUR
Intermediary Bank  Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas NY Deutsche Bank AG Frankfurt
Intermediary Bank BIC
(SWIFT Code)
Beneficiary Bank Japan Post Bank
Branch Head Office
Beneficiary Bank Address 3-1, Otemachi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8793, Japan
Beneficiary Bank BIC
(SWIFT Code)
Beneficiary Bank CHIPS UID 427593
Payee Account Number


Name of Payee Account Holder

ユモト サユリ

Payee Address 1-1-21 Chiyoda Nakaku, Nagoya-city, Aichi 460-0012, Japan
Payee Telephone Number 050-5375-9302