Lalo Aira Secondary School (LASS) started in 1952 by the German Hermannsburg
Mission who came to Aira to evangelize and provide various socioeconomic
services. The German Mission has been
providing all the necessary supports and
running costs to the school so that all students would learn at highly
subsidized school fee. This has helped
thousands of poor students to learn either at free cost or extremely
lower cost that would have not been otherwise if the school was located in other big towns.
To this very day the eyes of
thousands of people of Wollega and other places were opened and
illiteracy has been broken. There are
thousands of individuals who have joined higher education from this
school and leading their own businesses, employed in NGOs, and Government organizations. Quite a few have
even distinguished themselves to be among the leaders of the country.
There are other
tremendous jobs that LASS has done in terms of educating the citizens. Even though the school is at the reach of
that rural community, still currently many academically capable students look
for support to pursue their education. In the process of addressing such
problems quite a few interested individuals came together and generated
resources to keep a few of such academically outstanding students in the
It was at this time that interested individuals
envisioned of establishing Aira Secondary School Alumni Association (ASSAA) in
The vision of ASSAA is to
educate and empower qualified students to become tomorrow’s
- To assist the school with basic required
facilities and materials,
- To support needy but capable students with
their educational requirements.
- To contribute to narrowing the
resource gap at the school through income generation schemes.
contribute toward the basic socio-economic development of the surrounding
- To coordinate efforts to raise fund both from
local and external sources for the
fulfillment of the mission.
- Facilitate support of the needy but capable students
with basic required materials and financial resources.
- Make all
efforts to contribute to envisage development programs in the surrounding
- Initiate different income generation projects in and around
the school to generate resource to support the school recurrent expenses.
- Coordinate and provide consultancy support for the school and the
surrounding area development programs as required
- Commitment and
- Teamwork and Community participation
- Good leadership
- Resources mobilization
Since its inception ASSAA has
awarded 669 scholarships to academically capable but poor students and majority of which have completed high
school and joined national universities. From 2001 to 2009, the total of
$25,000 USD has been mobilized and expensed for the scholarship support.
As part of its program, the Alumni
has an agenda of supporting LASS and mobilized
funds from its members and sent thousands of books in coordination with Books
for Africa. Apart from that various material l supports including computers
estimated to be around $21,750 USD have been obtained through the facilitation
of the Alumni.
Member and leaders
of the Aira Alumni Association have been initiated or facilitated various development projects
such as fattening oxen, Tea/Coffee shop, honey bee production, coffee
plantation, beauty salon as income generating scheme for LASS.
For the various development
activities of the Alumni Association, so far the Alumni has raised nearly $64,000.00 from members and
other donors (including the scholarship fund mentioned above).. This money has
been responsibly managed and invested on the students, school and development
programs (Scholarship support 25k, computers 22k, books 2K, income generation
School Alumni Association (ASSAA)