Recently, figures indicate that the size of students’ enrollment and the numbers of higher institution increase steadily in Ethiopia. Students have special celebration days in these institutions even though such kinds of events are not common in our culture, and one of these days is known as “Half of Life Day”. To celebrate the day, students collect money from many volunteers, but after collecting the money, some spend it for unintended purpose and liable to harmful traditions. Whereas, the students of university of Gondar bend the tradition of the ceremony and its purpose by doing some positive contribution to the community and impart important message, possibly would give an outstanding lesson for others.
Third year students of Information Technology have collected money and different kinds of materials from individuals and several institutions and support educational materials and clothes for orphans, who are permanently supported by Addis Hiwot Charity Association, and clothes for other aged individuals. Hilina Asfaw, coordinator of the students, says “we come from various cultural backgrounds and appreciate our diversity, but without considering our differences, we are working together and this kind of endeavor helps us to keep our harmony.”
They visit in their “Half of Life Day” patients by taking food stuff (mineral water, cake, banana and oranges) in University of Gondar Referral Hospital on November 16, 2019. During their visiting, Dr. Birihanu Abera, the director of Patients’ Advocacy volunteers Association, appreciate and thank students for their commitment to do this voluntary service and for what they are doing for patients. He also reiterates that other students should involve in similar virtuous activity and be role model for next generation.
Public and International Relations Directorate