Carleton University Students to Adopt Library in Ethiopia

by Danika King, Fund Development and Marketing Assistant at CODE

“Running CODE on Campus really makes me feel like I’m doing something positive that will help a lot of people. I love that I get to share that with other members of the Carleton community.” – Jorey Cohen, President of the Carleton University chapter of CODE on Campus.

Jorey Cohen is fourth year Marketing major and president of the Carleton University Chapter of CODE on Campus. The chapter is the first campus club of its kind and recently began its second year of raising awareness – and funds – for education and literacy around the world.

Since founding the club in 2014, Jorey has seen its membership grow. With new members bringing  varied experience and lots of enthusiasm, Jorey predicts that they’ll meet their target of raising $2,500, to fully adopt the Fitche Community Library in Oromia, Ethiopia.

CODE on Campus Carleton has focused on raising awareness of the challenge of accessing effective literacy education in East Africa. The money raised from their events provides Fitche Community Library with interesting books written in English as well as in local languages. The club also helps fund teacher training, so that educators can effectively support children in learning to read and write.

During the 2014-1015 school year, they raised over $1,000 from various events including bake sales, trivia nights, pub nights, and a film screening.

One of the club’s members explained why she’s so passionate about this initiative, “With access to a library, children will be able to strengthen the knowledge they acquire in school and turn their literacy skills into their passport to a better future.”

On starting the first chapter of CODE on Campus, Jorey said: “I started CODE on Campus because I wanted to make a difference and help CODE as an organization. I love the cause we’re fighting for. I love the looks on people's faces when they ask what we’re about and we tell them how we’re raising money to adopt a library in Ethiopia. I love how supportive and interested people are when we tell them about our club.”

“Most of all, I love that we are literally raising money that will go to help an actual library. The work and effort we put into the club can be seen making an actual difference in the lives of people across the world, and that's pretty awesome.”


Brews for Books: Grab a pint for a good cause! The Carleton University chapter of CODE on Campus will be hosting a Pub Night on Friday November 13th at the Liquor Store Party Bar, in downtown Ottawa.

If you are a college or university student and would like to begin your own chapter of CODE on Campus, we’d love to hear from you! Please get in touch at

Thursday, November 12, 2015