The Regina Family Center was founded by several parents who were all in touch with Regina, a German midwife, mostly during pregnancy, delivery and during the first period with the newborn baby.
After 2 years of preparation, brain storming and planning, the Regina Family Center PLC was licensed by the Ethiopian Government. The Center will consist of 5 components:
Health consultation and birthing center
Parents cafe & shop
Yoga for all family members
Seminar-workshops and training center.
All components of our project are linked to each other because we are seeing them in a holistic way.
From the beginning, Regina made clear, that it was her dream to start a Waldorf Daycare, Kindergarten and also School, since there is nothing similar in the country and everybody she met wished to have an alternative to the common educational system. She introduced parents to the ideas of Steiner and the Philosophy behind the Waldorf Kindergarten and Schools and we were very amazed and impressed about this approach towards children. So we decided to open a Waldorf Daycare and Kindergarten with the hope to build on this a school.
In April 2015 we found a house which seemed appropriate and after renting it, we started the Waldorf oriented Daycare with our little ones and with the advice of a Waldorf Kindergarten teacher from Germany. We are still learning, but we are very optimistic that we are on the right track.
The daycare/kindergarten will start with children between 12 months and 4 years old and we have the capacity to enroll 40 to 50 children since we have found another, more appropriate place in Addis Ababa. A place which we call true Waldorf, with horses, a big compound, a play ground, trees, a vegetable garden, a big house on it, stables for the horses and 6 other outside rooms.
End of September we will get help for 6 weeks from a retired Waldorf Kindergarten teacher who will help us understanding and starting in the right way, train ourselves and the nannies, as well as the parents.
All this is a big task, which requires a lot of money. For the first 6 months in the new house we need foreign currency to pay the rent. So we are asking for financial help, especially in the Waldorf/Steiner community all over the globe to realize the first Waldorf school in Ethiopia.
Please donate a small amount, 10 Euro,10 Dollars, 10 pounds from 1000 people would help us a lot to make this first steps.
Many greetings from Ethiopia!
The Regina Family Center team and midwife Regina Abelt