Kate set up and ran the Tara Centre, a community centre in Gondar's city centre, for five years. A range of projects at the Centre helped people and animals, and enhanced the environment. At its peak, more than forty people were employed at the Centre, 64 pupils attended the Empress Mentewab School, and the monkey enclosure held five different species of rescued monkey and baboon. Volunteers of various nationalities also assisted at the Tara Centre.
monkey enclosure under construction
Early in 2009 my family and I made a decision to move north and to continue to develop Empress Mentewab School in a rural setting," explained Kate.
The largest, longest-running project at the Tara Centre, the Sponsorship in the Community Project, moved to other premises in Gondar and continued to be run by The Kindu Trust, the charity Kate set up in 1998 to help needy children.
"I'm moving on," said Kate, "confident that the Sponsorship Project is in safe hands and will continue to help improve the prospects of needy children and young adults in Ethiopia for many years to come."
As Honorary President, Kate will still have some involvement.
To sponsor a needy child or young adult in Ethiopia, please contact The Kindu Trust
Tara Centre staff
"For half a decade the Tara Centre provided The Kindu Trust's Sponsorship in the Community Project, Empress Mentewab School and The Dinkenesh Fund
's animal projects with ideal conditions in which to grow," said Kate. "Now we've split them up and transplanted them to new locations where they can flourish and become more effective in alleviating poverty and suffering. These exciting changes will also create opportunities for fresh innovation."
Empress Mentewab School playtime
What visitors wrote about the Tara Centre:
"Inspiring... truly an island of excellence that should become a lighthouse." David, UK
"The minute you enter this beautiful place you feel the good energy and vibes." Lee and Eitan, Israel
"The projects here are fantastic and a real credit to the obvious dedication of the staff and organisers." Nichole, UK
"Tara Centre is a colourful centre. I did not expect it would be like this. I found it very impressive. You can do more and more things. You have a vision." Mulugeta, Ethiopia
"An inspirational place... marvellous to see the good organisation and happy children. I loved to see the playgroup area with their own shop and the bright classroom with lively pictures." Suzanne, UK
"What can I say and what can I suggest? The [sponsorship] project is awe-inspiring and it was a huge privilege to spend the day with you." Jan, UK
"A very impressive organisation - far more interesting than tourist destinations." Jasmine and Bridget
"What a beautiful surprise this day! We saw people walking with monkeys [Tara Centre staff exercising the rescued monkeys]... and our guide brought us to this place. A place full of hope!" Cocky and Marit, The Netherlands
"...a terrific project. Wonderful what you are doing... so good to see a cheery and bright schoolroom and yard that obviously take children's needs for creativity into account." Cynthia, USA
The Tara Centre closed in December 2009.
weaving training for blind beneficiaries of the Sponsorship in the Community Project - they were later employed at the Tara Centre to make rugs for sale in the Centre's shop