A village in Connecticut brings aid to blind children of Ethiopia

For over a decade teacher Chris Hanley, not pictured, has been involved with the Mekele Blind School in Ethiopia. Photo courtesy of Chris Hanley

FALLS VILLAGE — Lee H. Kellogg School art teacher Chris Hanley recently returned from a trip to northern Ethiopia to check in on the Mekele Blind School.

Hanley has been involved with the school since 2006. She visits every two years.

The school serves between 100 and 130 children at any given time, from roughly ages 6 to 16. The students suffer from trauchoma (which scars the eyes) and from “river blindness” (caused by a parasite).

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