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Hope: Ethical pencils for Ethiopian children

By | Libraries, books and literacy, Projects

‘Hope’ are helping us resource Ethiopia’s schools. The founder of Hope, Evan Lewis, made his pencil production line so efficient that he decided to donate the extra pencils being produced to supporting global education projects. He originally launched Everything Environmental in 2005, which has become the leading company in eco-friendly and ethically sourced promotional merchandise across Europe. With a few tweaks, they grew their pencil production from 2 million to 3 million per year, but they decided to put this…

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How can we stop girls dropping out of school?

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One of the supported girls with her mother in the family home This year we have been increasing our focus on girls’ education. We know that each extra year of education can have a huge impact on a woman’s life in Ethiopia: increasing the amount she can earn and the amount of control she has over life decisions concerning marriage, children and health. As one of our pilot projects we supported 12 families with daughters at risk of dropping out…

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Headington school’s group trip to Ethiopia

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By Rachel Bowen. This year’s trip to Ethiopia began with a three-hour drive to Assela to the South of Addis Ababa where girls and staff met children and teachers from the Elementary School where they would be working for the project phase of the trip. The girls were overwhelmed by the welcome reception of singing, dancing and applause and they were presented with some beautiful flowers. The girls then experienced their first taste of Ethiopian food – injera and tibs…

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Visiting my sponsored child

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By Bernadette Dillon. Eyerus and Hana in their school uniform I was out in Gondar to visit Link Ethiopia’s Donkey Library project which my Rotary Club, Weighton Wolds had helped to fund for a year. Whilst I was there I had the opportunity to visit a child I sponsor – Eyerus. I jumped at the chance. I made the short journey across town with two Link Ethiopia staff: I was taken to her school – Felege Abiyot – which has…

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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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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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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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