March 2009 First visit to Ambo by VLM, huge need by Deaf community observed.
June 2009: Schools Immersion Program. A group of eight students and three teachers from St. Vincent’s Castleknock College and one student from St. Paul’s College, Raheny, traveled to Ambo in June of 2009 on a school’s immersion program. Interest in the Ambo Deaf was growing
October 2010: A group of 2 hearing CODA (children of deaf adults) and 4 deaf people traveled to Ambo to hold Deaf Workshops.
November 2010: Ethiopia Deaf Project was established.
Sole purpose of EDP, to raise enough funds to build a school for the deaf children in Ambo. To ensure ongoing fundraising for the everyday running costs of the school.
This has expanded to ensuring no financial issue will prevent any child attending school and performing to the best of their ability. This is done through establishment of The Student Sponsorship Program.
Also, vocational training to ensure that the students will be able to enter employment and sustain themselves and their families. We are also continuously reviewing development programs that will enable the students to become independently financially secure.
Committee members: Fr Stephen Monaghan, Denise Dowling, Patrick and Miriam O’Regan.
Mary Flynn and Mark Everett joined 2016.
In April 2011, with matched funding from Misean Cara, the land was secured, a builder visited the compound and drew up new plans for the Deaf centre.
The school opened its doors to the first students in Sept 2012. And was officially opened on the 30th Dec 2012 by the Irish Ambassador to Ethiopia, His Excellency Mr. Aidan O’Hara.
October 2013, some of the members of EDP went to Ambo on a self-funded trip to the school. They took part with the students in the Great Ethiopia Run.
In 2015 the EDP committee, along with 2 members from the “Children’s Charity Shop” Clonakilty, (huge supporters of EDP and ALDS), traveled to Ambo on a self-funded visit to officially open the new classroom and to welcome the new students to the school. There were 20 new students in attendance and one new teacher who is also Deaf.
At this time, the Ambo 10k Run was established to raise awareness of the Deaf in the community.
November 2016, Fr Stephen sets off the Ambo to live and work for the next 3 year