Stand By Me, a UK charity, became aware of the needs caused by extreme levels of poverty in Bekoji, Ethiopia. Moved by the commitment of the local church to provide education, they adopted the Bethany School where today they are providing the poorest children with a quality education, daily food, health care and family support. The Bekoji Children’s Home was later opened to care for orphaned and at-risk children. The Abdi Academy opened in 2013 to meet the needs of children in the town of Dembi Dollo.
A team, mostly from the Burley Home Group, has undertaken trips biennially with Stand By Me. In 2011 they made their first trip to Bethany School in Ethiopia and have returned five times since to carry out practical tasks to improve the lives of the children and their families. They welcome new members to their team.