With a population of 76 thousand, Hosanna is one of the 25 largest cities in Ethiopia. Hosanna is 115 miles southwest of the capital Addis Ababa and serves as an administrative center for local government. It is also the center of Protestant Christianity in southern Ethiopia.
In 1929, a pair of missionaries from the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) settled in Hosanna and began to share the Gospel with local residents. When Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1937, the missionaries were forced out of the country, leaving behind approximately 75 new Christian believers. In 1941, the Italian army was driven out and the missionaries returned to find thousands of Christians living in Hosanna. This dramatic spread of the Gospel formed the foundation of the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC), which today numbers more than 7 million members in more than 6000 congregations.
Upon their return, the SIM missionaries also discovered that 90 percent of the new Christian population was illiterate. Their efforts to subsequently provide training and discipleship established the roots of Christian private education in Hosanna.
Adams Thermal Foundation began supporting the school in Hosanna, called Children's Home Academy of Hosanna in 2013 through Children's Home Society & Family Services. There are 570 students at the Academy and the school enjoys full primary and secondary school status with grades K-12 offered. Students who attend the Academy not only benefit from a top quality education, but are also provided with healthcare, transportation and a meal program.
Each child receives annual health screens and has access to healthcare throughout the academic year. During the routine health screens, we regularly discover that a few of the children are HIV positive. Prior to the school health screen their status was not known. Those children now receive medication and extra medical care from the school.
The school also boasts a large garden. Produce yielded from the garden is used to supplement the school meal program. The garden is also used as a learning lab where children learn biology and families learn about sustainable gardening practices which can be replicated in their homes.
The enrollment process for the school is done in coordination with the local government, who help the Academy identify the children most in need, who may otherwise not have the opportunity of education. Adams Thermal Foundation is actively seeking sponsors for students so that more children can attend the school. Click on the Sponsorship tab to see unsponsored children now.Leader
Published Mon, Mar 11, 2019.
When the high school building in Hosanna was finished, RJ and Teresa Devick, of Bond & Devick in the Twin Cities, made a generous donation to the Adams Thermal Academy. Their gift provided equipment for all the science labs in the school, and offered its students an opportunity rarely found in Ethiopian secondary schools – hands-on learning in a lab setting. As opposed to just listening to lectures, or reading about science projects and experiments, Hossana students are now able to do projects and conduct experiments to supplement their classroom work.
Enter Henok Tadesse Ergogo, a junior at Hossana High School with a passion for science. Henok took to the new science lab like a duck to water, and has completed a number of projects using scientific principles and found objects and trash. His projects have inspired other students and staff at the Academy and impressed the ATF staff on three different trips in the past year. In one case, Henok built a functioning hand crank electrical generator from an old loudspeaker, a pulley and a piece of wood. Another project is a Bluetooth enabled remote control car built from plastic and some wheels that he found. Most recently, he built a wind powered electrical generator from an old fan.
Henok, with his enthusiasm and innovation is a perfect example of the remarkable potential that exists in so many students who would not otherwise have a chance to learn and grow. Thanks to RJ and Teresa and their support, Henok and hundreds of other Hossana students have the opportunity to discover their passions and work towards a promising, productive future in the sciences.
Published Fri, Mar 01, 2019.
Tell us a little about yourself and your teaching career.
My name is Selamawit, and I teach in Hossana Adams Thermal Academy. I teach the Amharic language to several different classes. I have been teaching for 6 years. I graduated from Medawelabo University with a Bachelor’s degree in Amharic language and Literature.
Did you have a favorite teacher when you were in school? Please tell us about them and why they were your favorite.
In this relation, I would like to mention, the teacher whom I consider my role model. Her name is Hamame Deneke. She was an English teacher in Wachamo Preparatory School in Hossana. The love she had for the students, her commitment to deliver the content, her humbleness and motherly attitude was unforgettable.
What inspired you to become a teacher? Why do you enjoy teaching at adams thermal academy?
What inspired me to join Adams thermal Academy was the convenience of the school compound compared to other private schools, the good teaching – learning environment and the sympathy for the students.
How does your faith affect your teaching?
I am a Christian and my faith has positively influenced my career. It has helped me to have compassion to the children and love them. It has also helped me to advise them with the word of God.
Do you have a story to share about a student you have impacted?
I noticed a 10th grade student by the name Almnesh Jemal who required some additional support. Consequently I gave her some support to enable her to follow up her education without any pressure.
What are your future plans for your teaching career? What do you hope to accomplish?
In the future, I would like to upgrade my level of education from Bachelor's to Master’s Degree.
Please tell us about your home life. are you married? Do you have children? What are your hopes and dreams for your family? What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
I am married and have a son. We got married in 2016. It has now been 2 years. Ketsebaot Nuramo is the name of my son. God willing, I would like my son to be a doctor, and for my husband to further study for his PhD which he longs to do. I hope that one day, with the help of God, we will start a humanitarian organization that supports the needy called by the name of my family. Currently, I am attending a fashion design class, and I enjoy designing clothes in my spare time.
Do you have a favorite bible story or verse?
My favorite verse is: Proverbs 10:27
“The fear of the Lord adds length to life but the years of the wicked are cut short.”(NIV)
Published Fri, Feb 08, 2019.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR TEACHING CAREER.
I teach in Adams Thermal Academy- Hossana. I teach Hadiyisa, which is the local language, to a number of different grade levels. I have been teaching for the last 13 years; for 5 consecutive years in public schools and the following 8 consecutive years in Adams Thermal Academy-Hossana.
DID YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TEACHER WHEN YOU WERE IN SCHOOL? PLEASE TELL US ABOUT THEM AND WHY THEY WERE YOUR FAVORITE.
When I was attending Wachemo comprehensive Preparatory school, I had a Chemistry teacher whom I liked very much. His name was Matewos. The reason behind was, the way he presented the subject matter and the way he handles students with love.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A TEACHER? WHY DID YOU SELECT THIS AS A CAREER?
What inspired me to be a teacher was that a teacher is a person who always learns and that this career, more than any other career, allows a teacher to develop, equip and raise a person with knowledge.
WHAT TRAINING DID YOU HAVE TO BECOME A TEACHER? WHAT DEGREES HAVE YOU EARNED?
I have taken a pedagogical training and was awarded a certificate, diploma and bachelor’s degree.
WHY DO YOU ENJOY TEACHING AT ADAMS THERMAL ACADEMY?
I enjoy teaching in Adams Thermal Academy because the school has made the environment convenient for the teaching – learning process. In addition, as the students have many problems due to their background, supporting them in various ways like advising, putting them in prayer goes with my life’s objective. I praise God for this opportunity.
HOW DOES YOUR FAITH AFFECT YOUR TEACHING?
My faith has a positive influence in my teaching activity in that it has helped me to do it with the fear of God and with respect to the God given duty.
DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO SHARE ABOUT A STUDENT YOU HAVE IMPACTED? A STUDENT WHO HAS BEEN POSITIVELY IMPACTED BY YOUR EFFORTS?
There was a boy named Eyasu, he had nowhere to go as he had no relatives. He used to shine shoes and stayed the nights in the compound of a Coptic church. Later, he joined Adams Thermal Academy and attended grades 9th and 10th. However, he couldn’t pass the grade ten National Exam and returned to his shoe shining. I then sought him out and after locating him, I encouraged him to attend a vocational college extension program while working his shoe shining in the daytime. I covered his tuition fee and provided other supports. He is currently enrolled in a vocational program for construction.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS FOR YOUR TEACHING CAREER? WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH?
In the future, I want to study linguistics.
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR HOME LIFE. ARE YOU MARRIED? DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN? WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES AND DREAMS FOR YOUR FAMILY? WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU ENJOY OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I was married and have 3 children however in 2017 an unexpected incident occurred in my life. My husband passed away. I am now a single mother. I have a son and two daughters. God willing, I want my oldest son to be a businessman who runs a company which imports and exports. His name is Israel. The middle daughter, Bersabeh, wants to be a doctor and the youngest one to be a researcher. Outside work, I enjoy being with my children and reading books.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BIBLE STORY OR VERSE?
My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 1:33:
“…but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.’’ (NIV)