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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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Three young Ethiopian researchers win the Tore Global Prize

By | Ethiopian News

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. Manaye Mamo received his prize for excellent research in the area of the treatment of skin disease, Misgana Ibrahim for investigation into drug doses for children suffering from tuberculosis, and Haileyesus Adamu for his findings on the effects of ARV drugs given to people who are HIV-positive. Each of the winners received a medal,…

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March & April 2010

By | News emails

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…

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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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Ethiopia plans universal access to safe drinking water by 2015

By | Ethiopian News

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. According to the minister, the safe water service coverage of the country has reached to 66.2 percent at present from a level of only 20 percent two decades ago. He reported that Ethiopia has made remarkable progress in recent years towards attaining the Water Millennium Development Goal and…

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Ethiopia’s neighbours

By | Ethiopian Culture

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? Well ….. were you right? The most northerly neighbour of Ethiopia is Eritrea. Eritrea was occupied by the Italians in the nineteenth century and became one of its colonies officially in 1890. After various changes, it became federated with…

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Latest school link news

By | School Links

Our school links are ever expanding, providing more opportunities for pupils, their teachers and parents in both countries to learn about each others’ cultures and build lasting friendships. We now have over 50 links, covering all ages from nursery to sixth form. There is a large amount of activity taking place across the links, including letter and picture exchange between students, lessons and assemblies focussed on Ethiopia, non-uniform days to raise money for particular school projects such as buying library…

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World class athletics

By | Ethiopian News

Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba are two of the world’s greatest athletes. The Ethiopian pair are among the finest sportsmen of their generation. Having dominated for most of the noughties there is every sign they will do so throughout the “teens” and even into the 2020s. Their Ethiopian predecessors Haile Gebrselassie (now 36) and Derartu Tulu (37) are still winning big races and setting records. Bekele and Dibaba will not reach those ages until 2018 & 2022 respectively and Dibaba…

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Recent teaching volunteers

By | Volunteering

Link Ethiopia’s volunteering scheme is becoming more and more popular and is catering for a much wider range of ages and talents these days. And 2010 has started in a particularly promising way with eight volunteers teaching and helping out in Ethiopia concurrently during part of February. Here are three typical volunteer stories from recent months. Susan Kent Susan Kent is a very experienced teacher from the UK who had already had the opportunity to visit Ethiopia on a number…

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Ethiopian Airlines flight ET409

By | Ethiopian News

On 25th January, an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane with 90 people on board crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut airport. Eyewitnesses said they saw a ball of fire in the sky before the Addis Ababa-bound Flight ET409, which had taken off in stormy weather, fell into the sea. No survivors were found. Most of those on board were Lebanese or Ethiopian. There were also two Britons as well as citizens of Turkey, France, Russia, Canada, Syria…

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New toilets for Edeget Feleg Secondary

By | Projects

Edeget Feleg Secondary school in the centre of Gondar town provides Grade 9 and 10 education to 2,900 pupils. Their toilet facilities are basic, old and damaged. We are currently working with the school to fund a new toilet block made of solid blocks which will last well into the future – the new toilet block will reduce the spread of disease and subsequent illness amongst pupils, which in turn will improve the pupils’ attendance and resulting education. To help…

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Ethiopian New Year and Meskal

By | Ethiopian Culture

Enkutatash is the first day of the New Year in Ethiopia. It occurs on 11th September according to the Gregorian calendar, which is 1st Meskerem on the Ethiopian calendar. Ethiopia still retains the Julian calendar, in which the year is divided into 12 months of 30 days each and a 13th month of 5 days (6 days in leap year). The Ethiopian calendar is 8 years behind the Gregorian calendar from January to September and 7 years behind between 11th…

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November & December 2009

By | News emails

Greetings from Link Ethiopia Welcome to the last Link Ethiopia news update for 2009! This is a good opportunity for us to tell you about our alternative gift website, Gift Ethiopia, which is full of fun and unusual present ideas, ideal for friends and family this Christmas. All the gifts are needed by the children, schools and communities we serve in the north and south of Ethiopia. As a relatively small charity your support is hugely appreciated! Do read on, and remember…

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