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Flying the Flag – art exhibition in Gondar

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As part of our 20th anniversary, Link Ethiopia has planned a series of events in UK and Ethiopian schools celebrating education, cultural exchange and creativity. We have worked alongside community arts organisation, Kinetika, visiting schools to help them create beautiful flags using images from their school and town. You can read about the both the creation of the Gondar flags and the UK flags in previous blogs. The third stage of the project took place at the end of May…

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Getting creative with UK schools – flag making project

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Impington college students making their community flag It’s not every day that students get to engage their creative sides on a project that will be seen around the world. Following our successful flag making project in Gondar, Link Ethiopia in partnership with Kinetika, an community-art organisation, has worked with 10 schools across the UK to match the 10 Ethiopian schools. Each school created a flag by creating images that represented them and their community. Together the flags encapsulate the purpose…

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Celebrating in style – 20th Anniversary flag day in Gondar

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Fasiledes Secondary students joining in the Meskel square celebration In the streets of Gondar people look out of their houses and shops to see a phalanx of singing children coalescing on Meskel square. Each group is carrying a multicoloured 10 foot flag full of images of local life. Looking to mark the 20th anniversary of Link Ethiopia’s work changing lives through education, we decided to build a around our celebration around the all key contributors to our work, including UK…

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Volunteering in Ethiopia – A truly memorable experience

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By Amy Hearn One of the sponsored families I met accompanying Sitotaw on a home visit I decided to spend some of my gap year to gain some valuable teaching experience by volunteering with Link Ethiopia for 3 months, before going on to study for a post graduate in education which would enable me to teach in primary schools in Ireland. Prior to travelling to Ethiopia I was a little nervous about what to expect from a country that I…

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Ending the cycle of girls dropping out of school

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1 in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa misses school when she’s on her period. With menstruation lasting an average 5-7 days per month, that means a girl could be missing 60 days of school a year. In some cases, girls drop out of school altogether. Link Ethiopia’s programmes are designed to enable disadvantaged children to go to school and continue their education to their full potential. Puberty, and starting your period, is difficult for girls anywhere in the world. For…

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Insight into Link Ethiopia’s Gondar Office!

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Written by Alan Taylor and Elsa Kebede. In order for Link Ethiopia to ensure that their work is as effective as possible, they must be well-connected in that country. This is why apart from the London office, Link Ethiopia has two larger offices in Ethiopia: one in Gondar in the north, and one in Bishoftu in the south. Having a strong presence in Ethiopia means that Link Ethiopia are incredibly aware of the work that needs to be carried out,…

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Hygiene Art in our Kindu Club

By | Child Sponsorship, Water and sanitation

Hygiene is important anywhere in the world. In Ethiopia it is particularly important due to diseases that are spread through everyday life and activities.  At the Kindu Club, an after school programme supporting sponsored children, teaching is given emphasising the importance of hand washing, especially after using the toilet, and before handling food or eating. Sandra Kemp, a nurse from Leicester, runs a DFID-funded project to improve hygiene practice at Gondar Hospital.  She took time off from this vital work…

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Library Improvement Awards Ceremony in Gondar

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Written by Alan Taylor. I was delighted to be back in Gondar to attend the ceremony which formally closed Link’s Library Improvement Programme after three successful years. The Library Improvement Programme was launched in 2014 to help libraries in local schools which were often not well used to support teaching and learning. 26 schools from Gondar and the surrounding areas have taken part.  School librarians received training in basic library practice (stock control, records of loans and returns) as well…

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A visit to Dudmegn School

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Written by, Alan Taylor On 13 March 2017, (or 4 Makawit 2009 according to the Ethiopian calendar) I visited Dudmegn Elementary School with Zemene from the Gondar office. The bus journey took 2½ – 3 hours each way, passing through varied countryside full of agricultural incident and activity – stolid oxen bearing a large hump above balanced by large oxhood beneath, kids frolicking by a water course, sheep and cattle heads down grazing the flush of grass brought about by…

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Happy International Women’s Day! Empowering girls through education

By | Girls' and inclusive education

Written by Rahel Yibrish. Today is International Women’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women across the world. Gender parity is something Link Ethiopia is deeply passionate about and our team are champions for girls’ education not just today but every day. Celebrating our Link Ethiopia and Kindu Trust female leaders International Women’s day was proposed in 1910 by two German advocates for women’s rights, Luise Ziets and Clara Zetkin, who tirelessly promoted…

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Remembering Richard Pankhurst

By | Ethiopian News

20th February 2017 Written by Rahel Yibrish Last Thursday 17th of February 2017, we very sadly lost a great man and friend, Professor Richard Pankhurst who was considered by many as the ultimate expert on Ethiopian history, and to us a dear friend who supported and encouraged our work for many years. Following in the footsteps of his great mother Sylvia Pankhurst, who was an honorary Ethiopian and a vocal activist against the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, Richard made Ethiopia…

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Transforming the Lives of Ethiopia’s Neglected Youth

By | Child Sponsorship

Written by Alex Baneke. In 2005 I was a 19 year old gap year student, spending 5 months teaching in the former Ethiopian capital city with its 13 castles: Gondar. I was teaching secondary school students through a scheme started by the small charity Link Ethiopia. While living in Gondar, I was confronted every day by numerous street children, who often spent their days begging and their nights sleeping on bits of cardboard by the side of the road. Deeply affected…

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Mark & Amy Robinson’s Ethiopia Visit

By | Ethiopian Culture

Written by Mark and Amy (Link Ethiopia sponsors and parents to Ben, a volunteer with Link Ethiopia). Our trip to Northern Ethiopia can only be described as a major assault on the senses – in a good way. From the spectacular beauty of the Simien Mountains, to the architectural wonder of the Lalibela churches, this part of Africa is surely the continent’s best kept secret. © Amy Robinson, 2016 We travelled to Ethiopia because our son, Ben, was near completion…

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My experience volunteering for Link Ethiopia!

By | Volunteering

Written by: Malak Azer I first arrived at the Link Ethiopia office in Finsbury Park, London on July 5th 2016, excited and also a bit nervous to start my six weeks internship. This being my the first internship experience, I had no idea what to expect – hence the nervousness. It did not help that the night before, the discover page on Snapchat had a story titled: ’10 first internship horror stories!’ Being the superstitious Egyptian that I am I…

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