Visiting Nekemte and Ethiopia for the first time is a shock to the senses, an adventure, a learning experience, a challenge ......... two new members took the opportunity to see EEL projects for themselves in November when they travelled the 4,500 miles from Devon alongside dedicated member, Penny Pullen, who has visited the country 12 times!
Following an initial visit to Ethiopia by our member Richard King in 1987 a link was set up with the the Mekane Yesus Church (EECMY). Although the Exeter group is not church based, it has continued working through the EECMY Central Synod, based in Nekemte, as they have a good organisation and a well established Development Department.,
We are a Registered Charity (No. 1154085) and are administered by a Board of Trustees and Committee.
Exeter-Ethiopia Link’s key Ethiopian partner since its inception in 1987 has been the ‘Development & Social Service Commission’ (DASSC) of the Mekane Yesus Church (EECMY) – Central Synod. DASSC is a registered Ethiopia NGO engaged in development work which operates separately from the Mekane Yesus church organisation.
Our activities are funded by members' subscriptions, fundraising events, donations and grants from a range of awarding bodies.
Our community link is now mainly with Nekemte, a large town in the district of Wellega in western Ethiopia, about 220 miles west of the capital Addis Ababa.
We include the rural areas around Nekemte and a large village 60 miles away called Hareto where we began our link.
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We aim to assist communities to develop their educational institutions and to ensure that everyone can access education, with emphasis on literacy, health and nutrition.
We aim to enable communities to improve their health by providing medical equipment, facilities and training.
We aim to support people with disabilities to develop their capacities and maximise their opportunities for self-reliance.
We aim to facilitate the improvement of water supply and to promote the sustainable use of natural resources.
- Attend discussion meetings
- Organise and help with fundraising;
- Spread the word in Exeter with displays and talks;
- Take part in a group visit to Ethiopia to learn about and assess needs and projects;
- (If you are a medical or educational professional, in particular), carry out short term practical assignments in Ethiopia.
Our activities in Ethiopia are funded in part by grants from a range of Trusts and Organisations and in part by funds raised from our members and supporters. You can help us raise funds in a number of ways:-
With the help of sponsors, Exeter Ethiopia Link supports young people with hearing loss to study at secondary school.
Now, in addition, you can sponsor librarians in the schools where we have established libraries by means of a Comic Relief-funded project.
Exeter-Ethiopia Link welcomes volunteers, particularly those experienced in the medical and education fields, and others who have previously worked in development situations in Africa.
If you would like to offer your services or if you would like further information, please use the message facility on the Contact page.
Buy a gift that will directly help someone in Nekemte, Ethiopia. Our catalogue has a range of gifts including:
- planting trees in schools;
- buying books;
- paying for cataract operations;
- sponsoring a librarian;
- packs of gift cards.
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