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Early Beginnings

This all wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Laketch Debebe, who the organization is named after.  Werkuwa Enate Laketch, which means "our golden mother".  Laketch was born on April 5, 1941 in the small town of Adulala.  She was born into a poor family which made her early beginnings very tough.  When her father passed away at 6,  she was heartbroken and frustrated at life.  Also education was tough for her to obtain because she had to help her family with farming or they couldn't survive.  Out of her frustration her mother took note of this, looking for ways to send her daughter to a better life and education.  So eventually she was sent to the capital of Addis Abeba to be adopted by another family that could offer her a better life and education.  She still dealt with many troubles of mistreatment but was determined and ended up with her final adopted family that would get her into school and a sustainable job.  At her new job she was able to meet her husband and start a family of eighth children.  She often thought about her biological mother and sister that she grew up with in Adulala, but life as a wife to a successful businessman and tending to eight children took up a lot of her life.

Her Dream

Laketch's dream was to prepare the underprivileged children of Adulala by providing an education system where they could learn and develop core value, and skills that would help them along their life's journey.  She wanted to build this school for a long time and was waiting for the right time when she could devote her all to it.  Unfortunately Laketch left us before she was able to realize her dream.  Her children and grandchildren whom she instilled the same desires and determination are left to honor that dream, to cherish her memory by carrying her legacy with this organization.