The Tigray Disabled Veterans Association (TDVA) is a non-governmental organization/local NGO, qualified as a charitable organization and non-profit public benefit organization, based in Mekelle, Tigray state. Rainbows4children (R4C) is also an independent foundation; set-up in memory of Nicolas Robinson (son of the co-founder) established with aim of providing education access and training for the economically disadvantaged children of Ethiopia, mainly the children of disabled war veterans.
The TDVA and R4C have been development partners for the last 12 years. During this time, they have a track record of successful project implementation in education in Mekelle, Tigray State. They have built a school, called Nicolas Robinson School (NRS), which consists of Kindergarten, Elementary (1-8), Secondary (9-10) and Preparatory School (11-12). At present, there are about 1,400 students from kindergarten to grade 12.The school is known for its quality of education and all the students who have taken the general school leaving examination have passed to university. According to the Regional Bureau of education, the school is ranked as level IV.
Through strong cooperation of TDVA and Rainbows4children, we have completed the building of the Nicolas Robinson Kindergarten in 0000 m2 in 1997 E.C., and in September 1997 E.C. this was opened for 160 children, aged 4-6 years. Now in 2009E.C., the Kindergarten has a capacity for 260 children. We have completed all the Nicolas Robinson Primary School in 0000 m2, within the campus, 20 classrooms, blocks with laboratory, administrative block, sports field, and now in 2009 E.C. 780 children are studying in grades 1 to 8. The school has a separate building for the school staff where they can work and meet. In 2004 E.C. we built a library, dining room and music room for the primary school and started building work on the secondary school. We have finished building the high school campus so that our students can complete their education entirely at the Nicolas Robinson School. In EC 2002 we equipped the school classrooms and library with 22,000 books. We believe that science is a fundamental component of a good education and we have invested excellent quality science teaching equipment.