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Q: What is the Fregenet Foundation?
A: A California based 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to providing education for the children of Ethiopia. [learn more] The foundation is a living tribute to Fregenet Tafesse Woubeshet.

Q: Who is Fregenet?
A: Fregenet Tafesse Woubshet was a 29-years-old American citizen of Ethiopian origin, who died in an auto accident in the summer of 2003. [learn more]

Q: How does the Foundation operate?
A: An elected Board of Directors runs the Foundation. [learn more]

Q: How many paid staff and what is the overhead?
A: Currently, the Fregenet Foundation has more than 18 staffs, professionally trained kindergarten teachers and their assistants, two security personnel to guard the school property and protect the kids, two cooks, two librarians, a janitor, a director and a secretary. Other than the cost of running the Kindergarten there are neither other costs and nor other salaries or compensations. This also includes the board members.

Q: What is the Fregenet Kidan Lehitsanat School
A: The Fregenet School is a kindergarten established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, exclusively for underprivileged children. It opened its doors and became operational on November 9, 2004. The school is currently housed in a rented facility. It is furnished with desks, chairs, books, in addition to playground and teaching materials it also has sufficient mats for naps and feeding utensils for the lunch and snacks it provides to the children free of charge.

The Fregenet Foundation selected the current location for the school based on a need assessment study that showed 85% of the population in the surrounding area lived in poverty. Currently, the Fregenet Kidan Lehitsanat School is what the Foundation is all about. [learn more]

Q: What are Fregenet School’s student selection criteria?
A: The scarcity or the unavailability of Kindergartens near or around the area where the School is located makes the selection process a very difficult and a gut wrenching experience. Nevertheless, the selection committee uses residence, income and size of the family as principal criteria.

The Foundation mainly seeks inputs from the neighborhood Associations, called Kebele, the local self-help organizations such as Idirs in selecting its prospective students out of the many destitute and deserving children of the neighborhood.

Q: What are the goals for the future?
A: In the near future, the Foundation plans to lease land from the Addis Ababa City Administration to build a bigger and modern facility that can accommodate much more students. The Foundation plans to increase the number of new students every year as long as resources for running the school and its programs are available. [learn more]

Q: How can I participate?
A: There are a variety of ways in which you may be able to participate in this noble endeavor. This includes volunteering to work in our fund raising drives and or contributing all types of equipments that are needed by the school. The most effective method of assistance to the Foundation is of course making a generous monetary donation. [learn more]

Q: Why should I give to Fregenet Foundation?
A: It is now widely accepted that the most critical cognitive development occurs in the early years of a child. Early childhood education is, if not significantly more important, is as important as any other factor for the development and growth of any nation. Ethiopia has faced and is still facing many challenges, famine, extreme poverty, and disease especially HIV/AIDS. People around the world have rallied to its side, sending food, doctors, and supplies. Children are the most vulnerable victims of and the least responsible for such crises. The Fregenet Foundation believes that education such as the one provided at its School contributes significantly to the reduction or the elimination of these problems. [learn more]

Today more than ever, people are recognizing that a donation given to small institutions and organizations brings about a big impact on the lives of people. Yours will definitely makes a huge difference in the lives of the kids at the Fregenet School. A donation of $25 for example, can support the cost of a child for one month. This covers the expenses for the schooling and the meal.

Q: How do I know that the money I donate is spent on the school?
A: The Foundation functions professionally in a very transparent manner and will give periodical audited reports to IRS in the US, Ministry of Justice in Addis Ababa and to all its supporters. [learn more]

Q: How do I donate?
A: By Paypal through our website to make monthly or one time donation, and/or by writing a check payable to:

The Fregenet Foundation

901 South Flower Street, Unit 411

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Q: How do I contact the Foundation:
A: Call: (213) 327-2063 or (310) 344-5409 or E-Mail: [email protected]