Welcome to our March & April 2010 news update
With members of the UK Link Ethiopia team about to depart for Ethiopia in a few days time, here is our March/April News Update.
Again we are using our new email format which we hope is an improvement for you. Don’t forget the new Quiz and Conundrum sections – and we would love to receive any suggestions from you experts out there who might like to provide us with suitably teasing questions, especially some simple child-centred ideas for our younger readers! Read on…
Focus on… Child Sponsorship
Child Sponsorship is becoming increasingly important in the work we are doing in Ethiopia. It’s thanks to individuals like you that specific children who would otherwise be at risk of dropping out of education are given a much brighter future.
In this month’s focus on child sponsorship we:
- thank the 42 sponsors who are changing 42 lives,
- introduce our new Sponsorship Manager in Ethiopia,
- announce the start of Tutu’s Fund for the Future, and
- ask if you are able to join with us to help?
We hope you enjoy reading!
News from Ethiopia
The Water Resource Minister in Ethiopia has announced that the Government plans to expand the provision of clean, safe water and sanitation services, covering every inhabited area within the next five years. This is also one of the focuses of Link Ethiopia’s project work in schools. Read more…
- The Armauer Hansen Research Institute has this month awarded the 9th Tore Global Prize to three young Ethiopian researchers for their outstanding findings on infectious diseases. Read on…
Meet the Team: James Love
James started with Link Ethiopia many years ago as a volunteer teacher in the Gondar area. Now he is a valued member of Link Ethiopia’s central team, with the particular job of School Links Development Officer as his main role.
Projects and Activities
Thank you for making all this possible! See it here…
First of all, test yourself!
Can you name the five countries that are the immediate neighbours of Ethiopia? And if you can do that, can you name them in order, starting with the most northerly and progressing in a clockwise direction?
Coming up on UK Television
- Hell on Earth
Three programmes on life in the Danakil Desert
Saturday 10th April (Eden)
- The Great Rift – Africa’s Wild Heart
Volcanoes and wildlife in East Africa
Monday 12th April (BBC 4)
- What is the name of the big cannon that can be seen on a roundabout in Addis Ababa?
- Where in Ethiopia would you find the ‘water that smokes’?
- What are ‘suri’ and ‘konso’?
(School quiz answers: (1) Sebastopol, (2) The Tississat Falls, Bahir Dar, (3) Two Ethiopian tribes)
Which ‘New Flower’ is the biggest and most important one?
(Kids’ conundrum answer: Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. It means ‘new flower’.)
“ A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat ”
“ A beggar can never be bankrupt ”
The IRIN news site for Ethiopia at http://bit.ly/9MDLUU
… and of course, www.linkethiopia.org
As always, if anyone reading this would like to offer us expertise, knowledge and help with our work or if you would like to associate yourself with one of our school projects (classrooms, water, toilets, books, etc) then please get in touch. You can donate via the following link, or by contacting us – details below.