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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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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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The Global Learning Project

By | Child Sponsorship

Written by Malak Azer. At Link Ethiopia, our aim has always been to help provide good quality education to poor children in Ethiopia, in order to assist them in accessing better opportunities in the future. This not only transforms their own lives but also causes entire communities to thrive and prosper. As our world develops at rapid speed and becomes more interconnected, it is important to keep up by adopting a more global and culturally aware outlook. Developing countries especially…

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Child Sponsorship Clubs

By | Child Sponsorship

Link Ethiopia’s Child Sponsorship Programme has different aspects and aims. From providing students with schools uniforms and school learning resources to building libraries and toilet facilities in schools, the programme aims to provide concrete support to young Ethiopians. A relatively recent aspect of the Child Sponsorship Programme are the Sponsorship Clubs. These clubs aim to give sponsored children additional support and contact with our staff. It takes place in sponsored schools and all the members of the club will meet…

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A Child Sponsorship Room in Bishoftu

By | Child Sponsorship

Written by Mathilde & Mike Link Ethiopia has just finished a project of a Child Sponsorship Room at the office in Bishoftu. Already in the mind of the team, this project was made possible by the hard work and dedication of a couple of long-term Bishoftu-based volunteers. Over the past few months Cara and Mike painted and organized the room. Several areas are available: a reading area, computers, a space for art and a studying area. The reading area will regularly offer reading sessions…

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What can learning phonics do for 3 shy sponsored children?

By | Child Sponsorship

Written by Mathilde The short answer is – quite a lot! Read on for the slightly longer answer. Link Ethiopia sponsorship programme is in place to support children who face greater hurdles when accessing education than their peers. These barriers are often simple; not being able to afford a school uniform or the basic resources necessary to complete school work. Because of their difficult life circumstances, these children and young people may also greatly benefit from additional tuition or extra-curricular training & support…

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How vital is education?

By | Child Sponsorship

Written by Laurence Many of our sponsors’ involvement and commitment to our Sponsorship programme runs over many years, and sees their students through from Elementary School all the way to University. This support is life-changing and epitomises our mission of providing access to quality education for Ethiopian students. Unfortunately, as we all know, life has a habit of getting in the way of our best laid plans… As a result, every year we have a small number of sponsors who…

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New beginnings

By | Child Sponsorship

Today Link Ethiopia would like to give you a glimpse into the lives of 11 year-old Nesanet Deginet and her 8 year-old brother Elias. Together with their parents, they moved to Bishoftu to start a new life at the ages of 5 and 2. When they were younger both of their parents died within one week of each other. This left the two children orphaned and also without any family of their own that they or anyone else is aware…

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A mother’s love

By | Child Sponsorship

Link Ethiopia is pleased to introduce you to Samirawit Ketema, a 14 year-old and her mother Fanu Girma. Their story shows the value of dedication, family unity, education and ambition. Samirawit was born to an illiterate mother, her father left the family home several years ago. Her mother knew that education was central to improving the lives of both her and her daughter. She committed herself to setting the best possible example for her daughter by enrolling herself in night…

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Dubai sponsorship

By | Child Sponsorship

Staff and students from the Universal American School, Dubai visit Keta Elementary School with World Challenge Teacher Genna and a group of students from the Universal American School, Dubai, visited Keta Elementary School on a World Challenge project. The visit was a real success and saw the students teaching music and origami, playing and exploring and digging the foundations for a library. The UAS students gave art classes, the first that the Keta students had ever experienced due to a…

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Meeting your sponsored child

By | Child Sponsorship

If you have wondered about visiting your sponsored child, or would like to discover the country your sponsored child lives in, we can very happily arrange for you to meet your sponsored child, visit their school, and see how your sponsorship is helping. One of our sponsors, Joy, recently did just that. She explains the experience better than we could: “I was fortunate to visit Ethiopia through a school link but during the trip I wanted to meet the child…

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Sponsorship: Can you help?

By | Child Sponsorship

Sponsoring a child through Link Ethiopia is simple. It costs just £3 per week (£12 / $25 / 17€ per month) to support the education of your sponsored child and the school which they attend. On average 20% of your sponsorship money is spent on your child’s educational needs and 80% on supporting projects in their school to benefit your child and hundreds of other children as well. Through sponsorship, your act of kindness will give a child a bright…

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42 sponsors changing 42 lives

By | Child Sponsorship

Our Child Sponsorship scheme is the newest of all our activities. In the relatively short period it’s been running we have been thrilled that so many generous individuals and families have come forward to support the most vulnerable children we work with in Ethiopia. These children are almost all without one or both parents. It was previously a huge struggle for them to afford the very basics for school life, and they were seriously at risk of dropping out of…

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Tutu’s Fund for the Future

By | Child Sponsorship

Our thanks go to our great friend and supporter, Tutu Melaku, who is using her business proceeds to sponsor lots of children in Ethiopia. Tutu was born and grew up in Addis Ababa. She was one of a large and happy family, living outside the city in a pleasant house where cooking was a real family enthusiasm. In 1992, Tutu brought her cooking skills to the UK where she founded the award-winning “Tutu’s Ethiopian Table” restaurant in Reading. Together we…

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New Sponsorship Manager in Ethiopia

By | Child Sponsorship

We are really pleased to announce the appointment of Firew Tilahun as our new Sponsorship Manager in Ethiopia. Firew set up our southern office in Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) about sixteen months ago and has been expertly steering and coordinating our activities within a dozen schools in Addis Ababa, Bishoftu, Adama (Nazret) and Asella since then. He will continue to manage the southern office, alongside a new coordinator assistant whom we are currently recruiting, but will focus much of his attention…

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