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Bottles for Poverty club founder and UC Davis student Robel Haile poses with students in Ethiopia. The organization is dedicated to raising money to construct schools and wells in impoverished parts of the world. The club was founded in September 2011. Courtesy photo

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Tea fundraiser is sweet idea

Davis residents are invited to attend “Tea for Ethiopia” — hosted by Bottles for Poverty — from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Admission is free to all.

This is an opportunity to learn about Ethiopia, its rich culture, and about Bottles for Poverty’s newly constructed school in the rural area of Gondar, all while sipping iced tea and nibbling some snacks. Candles made from recycled bottles also will be for sale.

Bottles for Poverty is a UC Davis club dedicated to raising funds to construct schools and wells in impoverished parts of the world. The club was founded by UCD student Robel Haile in September 2011.

“Education is at the heart of many societal remedies,” Robel said. “It is Bottles for Poverty’s hope that the introduction of a school will provide these impoverished communities an opportunity to combat the cycle of poverty that traps each generation of youth.”

Bottles for Poverty has been fortunate to receive extensive support from various organizations and individuals in the Davis community and has reached its fundraising goal for this particular school. While construction of the school building has recently been completed, current fundraising is focused on raising $3,600 to build a much-needed water well near the school, so the local families no longer need to send girls and women every day to walk 5 to 10 miles to collect water. Instead, the children can spend more time on their education.

Recently, UCD AIDS researcher Koen Van Rompay, founder of Sahaya International and board member of International House Davis, also joined the board of Bottles for Poverty.

“I have been impressed by the commitment of this young club, and therefore I decided to get involved,” Van Rompay said. “The premise of Bottles for Poverty is simple, but powerful: to raise funds collecting recyclables, which are then redeemed for cash. But this evening will be an extra fundraiser for them, and I hope many people will also come and support them, as every level of support makes a difference. Davis residents will have the opportunity to befriend this amazing group of young people, and be inspired. This is something you don’t want to miss.”

For more information about the organization, visit www.bottlesforpoverty.org.

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